“Cowboys for Cancer,” held on Sunday, June 28 at Club Madrid inside Sunset Station Hotel & Casino, was a success, raising more than $7,000 in donations. The benefit concert was held in an effort to raise funds for cancer survivors and bring awareness to rehabilitation and wellness programs, with the event’s proceeds benefiting Vance Davenport and The Caring Place.
Vance Davenport, a former Las Vegas resident, recently survived an arduous battle with Renal Cell Carcinoma (RCC). Davenport performed in and later became Musical Director of the Aladdin’s “Country Tonight” show before he moved to Nashville, performing and touring with such artists as Mark Chesnutt, Sara Evans, George Jones, Lone Star, Toby Keith, Ricochet and Trent Willmon. Vance’s brother, Las Vegas resident JR Davenport, singer and lead guitarist of WolfCreek, created the benefit not only to honor and assist his brother, but also to support those surviving and living with this debilitating disease.
“I can’t thank everyone enough for their overwhelming support and tireless efforts in making our event such a tremendous success, from Station Casino’s generous donation of Club Madrid, to the local businesses who donated raffle items, to the media who helped us spread the word,” said event coordinator JR Davenport. “I feel so blessed to have been able to make a difference, not only in my brother’s remission, but in so many others’ lives affected by this disease in our community. We definitely plan to do it all again next year.”
Lending their time and talent in support of “Cowboys for Cancer” were: Scotty Alexander, The Randy Anderson Band, Desert Outlaws, John Encinio, Lefty Lucy Band, comedienne Pam Matteson, Tony Marques, Mark O’ Toole, Third Town and WolfCreek. Matteson and O’Toole, both cancer survivors, inspired and moved the audience when sharing their personal experiences of struggle and survival. The event also featured a silent auction with autographed guitars and fiddles from such country superstars as Clint Black, Larry Gatlin, Alison Krauss, Tracy Lawrence and Loretta Lynn, among others.
“We’re delighted to be a part of this event. We applaud JR for all that he did, and these kind of events represent the best of the Las Vegas community,” said Connie Bernstein, Chair, The Caring Place, Chair. “The Caring Place will make good use out of the proceeds we are given and continue to provide free services to those touched by cancer.”
The highlight of the evening was when Austin Davenport, Vance’s 7-year-old son, joined his father and WolfCreek on stage to perform his rendition of Alan Jackson’s “Chattahoochee” to a standing ovation.