For one evening solely, the Wild West went to the West Coast!
Country music group Runaway June sang their hearts out on Thursday, October 7, in assist of John Wayne Cancer Foundation’s battle in opposition to most cancers. The sold-out present at the New Port Theater in Newport Beach, California, additionally celebrated the debut of Duke Commemorative Tequila, impressed by legendary movie icon John Wayne.
Clad in cowboy boots and wide-brimmed hats, the boisterous crowd cheered alongside as Runaway June delivered a powerhouse efficiency of their wealthy harmonies and chart-topping hits. The musical trio – consisting of Naomi Cooke, Natalie Stovall and Jennifer Wayne – are at the moment on Luke Bryan’s Proud to Be Right Here tour. All three vocalists gushed about sharing the stage with the American Idol decide. “He is just the best of the best. He makes us all feel so wonderful,” Natalie completely instructed Us Weekly. “It’s such a good vibe. It immediately felt like family.”
Thursday’s particular live performance occasion in Corona del Mar was actually a household affair – as a granddaughter of John Wayne, Jennifer stated it’s the “best feeling in the world” to be upholding her grandfather’s legacy. (Runaway June’s tune “Wild West” pays tribute to John Wayne: “Go out guns blazing just like ol’ John Wayne.”) Also in attendance was Ethan Wayne, Chairman of the John Wayne Cancer Foundation and the youngest son of John Wayne.
Ethan created Duke Spirits in honor of his father, who was obsessed with sharing liquor with family members. Crafted authentically, this new tequila is a nod to The Duke’s favourite drink. And Duke Spirits offers again to the John Wayne Cancer Foundation, as the late actor suffered from lung and abdomen most cancers himself.
“My dad has a really significant film legacy, but today he has a really significant legacy in cancer that he never knew about,” Ethan stated. “When he was sick and he was dying, he said, ‘Use my name to help the doctors fight cancer.’ And we’ve done that.”
At the begin of the night, Duke Spirits founder Chris Radomski introduced Ethan with a pre-donation examine of $50,000 for the John Wayne Cancer Foundation. The contribution will proceed to gasoline most cancers analysis, training, consciousness and assist.
The philanthropic group’s mission is to carry grit to the battle in opposition to most cancers. John Wayne was the epitome of True Grit, which simply so occurs to be the title of the movie that earned him an Academy Award for Best Actor. As the Oscar winner as soon as stated, “Courage is being scared to death and saddling up anyway.”
Ethan opened up about his father’s wrestle with most cancers, telling Us, “I saw a great strong man have to fight a disease that was very difficult.” Rather than spending his final days in the consolation of his own residence, John Wayne battled most cancers like the Western hero he was. “He let [doctors] try some experimental treatments on him, and it was not the easy way to go,” Ethan instructed Us.
“My father died 40 years ago. He probably thought people thinking about him would just fade away,” Ethan added. “I think he’d be shocked and humbled by the fact that we’re still gathering in his name and in his honor to celebrate a product that bears his name, image and likeness.”
On Runaway June’s tour bus prior to their efficiency, Naomi revealed that the “Buy My Own Drinks” singers sip Duke tequila nearly each evening. Raising a glass in spirit, Jennifer saluted her grandfather. “Toast to the Duke,” she stated. “We’re in his hometown and playing the show for what he loved the most, helping people.”
“Toast to be beating cancer,” Cooke added. We’ll cheers to that.