Troy Gentry Foundation raises over $300k at inaugural concert

Star-studded Sold-Out Inaugural Concert C’Ya On The Flipside was held on Jan 9th

Some of the music industry’s biggest stars and friends of Montgomery Gentry’s Troy Gentry gathered January 9th at the Grand Ole Opry House for the inaugural Troy Gentry Foundation concert, C’Ya On The Flipside. Established by Troy Gentry’s wife, Angie Gentry, the star-studded sold-out event raised over $300,000 to benefit The Opry Trust Fund, T.J. Martell, Make-A-Wish, The Journey Home Project and music education in Kentucky schools. Fans can continue to bid on one-of-a-kind items via an online auction benefitting The Troy Gentry Foundation. The auction will end Monday, January 14th at 6 pm CST.

Hosted by country super star, Blake Shelton, and Storme Warren of SiriusXM’s The Highway, C’Ya On The Flipside, was presented by Grogan Jewelers by Lon. Supporting sponsors of the event included Centurion Boats, Hemphill Brothers Coach Leasing, Carolina Watersports, Average Joes Entertainment, Jim Beam, Rafa Calderon, The Journey Home Project, Charlie Daniels, X-Cladd & Entekk Group Ltd.

“I’m overwhelmed by the love and support from all of the artists that participated, and from the fans and friends that supported the auction,” states Angie Gentry. “Troy would have been so pleased to see how much good will result from the Foundation’s efforts.”

Gentry, one half of Montgomery Gentry, died last September following a helicopter crash in Medford, New Jersey, hours before the duo were to perform with their band. He was 50 years old and leaves behind a wife and two kids. Despite his organs not available to transplant due to his injuries, his wife donated his tissue, bones and corneas to those in need.

“If this is your time and God says, I’m taking you home today,” Gentry tells PEOPLE exclusively, “but other parts of you still work perfectly well that could help somebody else, why would you not donate them? You don’t throw something away that’s perfect. It was something I felt Troy would have said: Do it.”

Gentry says her sister is a kidney transplant recipient and glad she was able to help others. “I don’t know why anybody wouldn’t want to make a donation because what’s it going to hurt?And it’s going to help somebody. We had to do something because he was such a huge persona. He just couldn’t go away like that.”

Gentry hopes to meet the person who received his corneas to see what “I used to look through every day that I loved so much, to see that somebody had better vision or has a better life because of it.”

The C’Ya on the Flipside concert is hoping to become an annual event with a star-studded lineup each year.

Author: Buddy Iahn

Buddy Iahn founded The Music Universe when he decided to juxtapose his love of web design and music. As a lifelong drummer, he decided to take a hiatus from playing music to report it. The website began as a fun project in 2013 to one of the top independent news sites.