Rascal Flatts' "A Home for the Holidays" TV special airing Dec. 19 on CBS
Superstar country band Rascal Flatts, which includes Picher-bred guitarist Joe Don Rooney, will host th e14th Annual “A Home for the Holidays with Rascal Flatts,” an entertainment special to be broadcast from 7 to 8 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 19 on the CBS Television Network.
It will include moving performances by Rascal Flatts, Melissa Etheridge, Matchbox Twenty, Phillip Phillips and Rachel Crow, whose performance accompanies her personal story about foster care adoption. Wayne Brady, Kevin Frazier and Jillian Michaels are set to present.
Following the success of the past 13 annual shows, the special continues to tell touching stories about adoption from foster care to raise awareness for this important social issue, according to a news release. The inspirational stories of these American families are enhanced with performances by some of today’s most popular artists.
Some of the musical performances accompany story segments which are introduced by celebrities who have their own adoption experiences or are involved with children’s issues. The stories highlight exceptional American children and families involved in this rewarding process:
Crow Family (Los Angeles)
“Everything I’ve done has been possible because of my family. They gave me the love and support to follow my dreams,” says 14-year-old recording artist and “X Factor” finalist Rachel Crow. Placed in foster care as an infant, she moved through three different foster homes in less than a year and faced an uncertain future until she was adopted by Kelly and Barbara Crow. “Even as a toddler, Rachel had such spirit and drive to be the child she was meant to be, and before we knew it she became this little girl with the big voice,” says Barbara. Three years later, the Crows adopted their second daughter, Hannah.
“The love I have for my girls is beyond anything,” says Kelly. Today 11-year-old Hannah is a straight-A student and Rachel has a recording contract with Columbia Records/Syco, a development deal with Nickelodeon and a recurring role on the comedy series, “Fred: The Show.”
Dunne Family (Tampa, FL)
If you met the Dunne brothers today you would never know they had been living apart as they moved through 23 different foster homes in just five years. “Some nights I would try to hide under the covers because I was so scared,” says the youngest, John. Chris and Tammy Dunne had raised two daughters when they saw a picture of the four brothers in foster care. “My husband was adopted as an infant and I aged out of foster care without a family so the boys really touched our hearts,” says Tammy. “We wanted them to stay together and made an instant decision to adopt all four,” says Chris. “You can’t think that no one will love you. There is someone and you just have to keep hoping,” says oldest brother Eric.
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