At 15 years old, Tenille started the first ever Big Hearts For Big Kids in 2010, after hearing about the number of kids her age, in her hometown, who were turning to the local youth shelter, The Sunrise House.
The day of the first event, the shelter director came to Tenille in tears, explaining that the shelter had to be shut down due to lack of funding. But the event continued, and that evening, raised over $30,000 and a momentum of community spirit that has made it possible for Big Hearts For Big Kids to substantially grow.
A year and a half after the first event in 2010, the Sunrise House was fully renovated, re-staffed, and re-opened, available for the youth in need in northern Alberta.
Since re-opening, The Sunrise House has served over 6000 bed nights.
In 9 years of Big Hearts For Big Kids, thanks to every volunteer, committee member, sponsor, artist, and community member who believed in and attended the event, we have raised over $1,500,000 for the Grande Prairie Youth Emergency Shelter Society.
History of years:
2010 - Over $30,000
2011 - Over $60,000
2012 - Over $104,000
2013 - Over $160,000
2014 - Over $195,000
2015 - Over $225,000
2016 - Over $225,000
2017 - Over $265,000
2018 - Over $240,000
ABOUT TENILLE TOWNES
Tenille Townes is “poised for a breakthrough” (Refinery29). On top of an ever growing list of accolades that includes Amazon Music’s “2019 Artists To Watch,” The Bobby Bones Show’s “Class of 2019,” CMT’s “Next Women of Country," CMT's “Listen Up," iHeart Radio’s “Artists To Watch in 2019” and the inaugural class of “Opry NextStage,” Townes is joining Dierks Bentley on his extensive “Burning Man Tour” in 2019. Additionally, Rolling Stone named her Living Room Worktapes EP one of the “10 Best Country EPs of 2018” heralding, “Tenille Townes makes a strong case for being country’s most promising young songwriter with this devastating EP.” Her first official single, “Somebody’s Daughter,” impacted at Country radio last fall with her forthcoming full - length debut album—produced by Jay Joyce - set for release in 2019 on Columbia Nashville.