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Big 98 Make A Difference Day
Event Promotes USA Weekend's Nationwide Day of Volunteerism

(Nashville, Tennessee…) – October 16, 2008 – Less than two weeks before Randy Owen's debut solo album, One On One, and his autobiography, "Born Country," hit stores on November 4, the lead singer of the legendary group Alabama will roll up his sleeves and join The Big 98 WSIX in Nashville for USA Weekend's 18th Annual "Make A Difference Day" on Saturday, October 25, 2008.
Owen and Big 98 WSIX staffers will join 200 volunteers from Hands On Nashville, an affiliate of HandsOn Network, to complete a variety of service projects in Middle Tennessee nonprofit organizations and schools as part of "The Big 98 WSIX Make A Difference Day." He will visit as many sites as time allows to clean, paint, hammer and encourage the volunteers.
At the conclusion of the projects, Owen will perform a concert in the Hall of Fame Park in Downtown Nashville. "The Big 98 WSIX Make A Difference Day" volunteers will be admitted free, and tickets for the general public will be available at the gate for a suggested donation of $5.00.
Anyone interested in filling one of the 200 available volunteer slots are asked to register online at WSIX.com or on the Hands On Nashville website HON.org. Volunteers will be assigned a selected agency or school site where they will meet at 9:00 a.m. on the morning of October 25, 2008 and work until noon.
What is Make A Difference Day? Make A Difference Day is the largest national day of helping others -- a celebration of neighbors helping neighbors. More than 3 million Americans are expected to volunteer for USA WEEKEND's Make A Difference Day on Saturday, Oct. 25. It An estimated 25 million people benefit each year on this annual "day of doing good." Everyone can participate. USA WEEKEND and Newman's Own salute Make A Difference Day volunteers by awarding $100,000 for charity. USAWeekend.com/diffday
About USA WEEKEND Magazine

USA WEEKEND Magazine is a national weekly magazine distributed through more than 600 newspapers in the United States. Awarded for its journalism and design, USA WEEKEND focuses on social issues, entertainment, health, food and travel. The magazine provides Newspaper in Education classroom guides to partner newspapers. Its website, USAWeekend.com, provides enhanced content and interactive magazine features. USA WEEKEND is a Gannett Co., Inc., publication.

About Hands On Nashville: Hands On Nashville is Middle Tennessee's volunteer resource agency.  Hands On Nashville creates and manages opportunities for adults, families, teens, children and companies to transform their world through volunteer service.  Hands On Nashville challenges everyone to find a way to give back and to … Be the Change.  Volunteer.  To find out how, check HON.org, or call (615) 298-1108. Hands On Nashville is an affiliate of HandsOn Network, the activating, volunteer-focused arm of Points of Light Institute. The Network creates innovative, actionable models for citizen-centered problem solving, and direct, tangible tools and opportunities for people and organizations to apply their interests and passions to make a difference. At the center of the Network are hundreds of HandsOn affiliates that serve 83% of the American population and 12 international communities in nine countries. These affiliates act as community hubs — places where people can get connected, get involved and make change happen in their communities. They focus on helping people plug into volunteer opportunities in their local community, helping non-profits manage volunteer resources and developing the leadership capacity of volunteers. For more information about HandsOn Network, visit HandsOnNetwork.org.