05/23/2011 10:36 AM ET
Montgomery Gentry to perform free postgame concert on Father's Day at Turner Field for Major League Baseball's Father's Day Celebration
Braves offer prostate cancer survivors free admission to Father's Day game vs. Texas Rangers
Country music duo, Montgomery Gentry, will perform a free charity concert after the Braves vs. Texas Rangers game on Father's Day, Sunday, June 19, at Turner Field in support of Major League Baseball's Father's Day celebration, an annual League-wide initiative to promote prostate cancer advocacy, awareness and research. Fans who purchase tickets for the regular season game will be treated to the special postgame concert at no extra charge. Prostate cancer survivors will receive a free game ticket, t-shirt and the opportunity to participate in a special ceremony before the game. Family and friends of survivors can purchase tickets for $14. Register for Prostate Cancer Awareness Day today at braves.com/pcawareness.
For front and center access to the country stars, fans can purchase VIP Field Passes for $25 at braves.com/montgomerygentry to watch the postgame concert from the infield. The Prostate Cancer Foundation will receive $5 from each field pass purchase to support prostate cancer research.
The platinum-selling recording artists have released six studio albums and three compilation albums since 1999 and have scored five #1 singles on Billboard's Hot Country Songs chart.
Both Eddie Montgomery and Troy Gentry are passionate and strong supporters of prostate cancer awareness. Montgomery experienced his own bout with the disease in 2010. Due to early screening and detection, he was treated quickly and is now completely cancer-free.
Montgomery's personal experience has inspired both him and band mate Troy Gentry to encourage others to be proactive on the issue.
"I just want to make sure that every guy out there goes and gets checked," said Montgomery. "Do it for your kids, do it for you, just go! The reason I had such a great outcome was because they caught it early. I just urge all the men out there to not put off a check-up."
"Being a father is truly 'something to be proud of,'" said Gentry. "I love my girls so much and I plan to be around for a long time to see them grow up. Right after Eddie was diagnosed, I went to the doctor. I was putting it off, but not anymore. Men everywhere need to make sure they stay healthy for their kids."
Both Montgomery and Gentry, are also serving on the inaugural blue ribbon panel to help select winners of the MLB "My Dad, My MVP" contest. The contest invites fans to nominate a "MVP Dad" to represent their favorite MLB Club as the Father's Day "MVP Dad." Entries may be submitted at MLB.com/mvpdad and will be accepted until the submission period closes at 11:59 p.m. ET on Wednesday, June 1. During Father's Day celebrations in MLB ballparks, one "MVP Dad" per MLB club will take part in pre-game activities, be recognized during an on-field ceremony, receive special MLB merchandise and two tickets to the game. For Clubs that are away on Father's Day, another home game in June will be selected to recognize its contest winner.
Additionally for Father's Day, the annual "Home Run Challenge" will return for the 2011 season to support the Prostate Cancer Foundation (PCF). The initiative, which will culminate on Father's Day, Sunday, June 19, and is now in its 15th year, helps increase awareness and early detection of prostate cancer. Since its inception, this initiative has raised more than $36 million toward prostate cancer research. For each home run hit during 60 select MLB games from June 8 - June 19, including all games played on Father's Day, fans can make monetary donations and pledges to the Prostate Cancer Foundation at www.homerunchallenge.org, or make a $10 donation by texting HRC to 20222 (message and data rates may apply). Money raised through the "Home Run Challenge" goes directly to the Prostate Cancer Foundation to advance prostate cancer research. In 2010, more than $2.3 million was raised to fight prostate cancer through the PCF "Home Run Challenge".