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Benefit concert includes performances by Collin Raye, Craig Campbell, Bryan White, Jamie O’Neal, Anna Vaus & Steve Vaus 


East County News Service


December 1, 2019 (Poway) – Carols by Candlelightheartwarming holiday concert headlined by country music stars, will take place Dec. 13 & 14 at the California Center for the Arts in Escondido. Now in its 30th year,  this family-friendly concert's proceeds will bemefot Rady Children’s Hospital.


The concert, beginning at 8:00 p.m. both nights, will feature prominent country music singers performing their hits and favorite holiday songs. Headliners include Collin Raye, who has been nominated for 10 CMA and ACM Awards, 24 Top 10 Records, and 16 #1 Hits. 

Other headliners both nights include Bryan WhiteJamie O’Neal, as well as up-and-comer Anna Vaus and concert founder,Poway Mayor Steve Vaus (2010 Grammy winner).


Also, performing for one night only on Saturday, Dec. 14, will be Craig Campbell. Campbell has had two songs in the Top 15 on Billboard’s Country Airplay chart, a regular on the Grand Ole Opry, and appeared on NBC’s Today Show. 


“We are so proud to share that we’ve raised well over $50,000 for Radys Children’s Hospital, in each of the last four years,” said Vaus. “Carols is a gift of music to the community, but more important, a gift of hope for kids who will be spending the holidays in the hospital.”


Following the on-stage performances, to close the evening, the audience and stars meet in the courtyard and sing “Silent Night” by candlelight. In addition to the live entertainment, the benefit also features a live auction offering autographed guitars and other items, as well as silent auction items and raffle prizes, donated by sponsoring organizations. 


To learn ways to get involved, become a donor or help raise money for Rady Kids, visit: http://www.carolsbycandlelight.com/our-donors/


The concert also donates 500 free tickets, per show, or 1,000 total tickets, to active duty military and first responders through Hero Gift Tickets.  


Steve Vaus and Wayne Nelson of Little River Band created Carols by Candlelight in 1990 with the goal of making a life-changing difference in the lives of children. Originally a free concert at Horton Plaza, the event outgrew that location, moving to the Poway Center for the Performing Arts and ultimately, to its current home, the California Center for the Arts, Escondido. 


Over the years, Carols by Candlelight has featured musicstars Kenny Loggins, Phil Vassar, LeAnn Rimes, Billy Ray Cyrus, America, BJ Thomas, Bucky Covington, Collin Raye, Sara Evans, Little River Band, the Commodores, and many others singing Christmas Carols along with their biggest hits. The net proceeds raised by the event benefit Rady Children’s Hospital – San Diego. 


The California Center for the Arts is located at 340 N. Escondido Blvd in Escondido (92025).


To purchase tickets or for more information, please visit www.CarolsByCandlelight.com.


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