Volunteers of America Announces Two Star Entertainers for 25th Annual Western Fantasy Gala

Rodney Atkins and Diamond Rio Will Help Celebrate Landmark Year

The annual Western Fantasy gala will celebrate its 25th year on Saturday, October 13 at the National Western Complex with revered Colorado couple, Sharon Magness Blake and Ernie Blake, leading the festivities. The Blakes, along with the Western Fantasy Steering Committee, are pleased to announce that there will be not one, but two, star entertainers for the gala’s “silver anniversary:” Rodney Atkins and Diamond Rio.

The Blakes are thrilled to be welcoming Rodney Atkins back to the Western Fantasy stage for a second time after he wowed audiences at the annual fundraising gala in 2012. Since then, Atkins released Rodney Atkins Greatest Hits, a compilation of his most beloved singles, and Take A Back Road, his latest studio album which includes his fastest chart-topping hit to date, also titled “Take a Back Road.” In addition to having six number-one singles, Atkins is known for being a dedicated family man and avid supporter of active military members and veterans.

Atkins is scheduled to perform at Western Fantasy 2018 directly after the opening act, Diamond Rio. Diamond Rio is a wildly successful American Country Music and Christian Music band that first came to popularity with their chart-topper “Meet Me in the Middle” in 1991. The smash hit made them the first vocal group in country music history to ever reach the #1 single spot on the American Billboard Chart. Since then, the group has sold over 10 million albums and garnered 13 Grammy nominations. Their latest studio album, I Made It, was released in 2015.

“We could not be more excited to have two star entertainers for this year’s commemorative event” said Dianna Kunz, the CEO and President of Volunteers of America Colorado. “Great entertainment is so important to the success of this event and raising funds for Volunteers of America’s many vital human service programs in our state. We know that Atkins and Diamond Rio will be a huge hit for our audience members of all ages!”

Atkins and Diamond Rio will take the stage on Saturday, October 13 at the National Western Complex following a cocktail hour featuring the Trice jewelry venue, a delicious dinner from Epicurean Catering Group, and a live auction. The event starts at 5:45 p.m.; guests can expect performers to start around 8 p.m.

For more information about tickets and table sales for Western Fantasy, visit www.voacolorado.org/wf or contact Michael James at 720-264-3322.


Volunteers of America is a national, nonprofit, faith-based organization dedicated to helping those in need live healthy, safe and productive lives. Since 1896, our ministry of service has supported and empowered America's most vulnerable groups, including the frail elderly, people with disabilities, at-risk youth, homeless individual, veterans, and women and their children. For more information about Volunteers of America, visit www.voacolorado.org


Western Fantasy is the signature fundraiser benefitting Volunteers of America Colorado Branch and all its programs, including Meals on Wheels, Head Start, and a continuum of programs serving homeless women, teenagers, veterans and their families. The evening includes a cocktail reception, elegant dinner and lively auction culminating with entertainment by a leading country music performer. Past Performers include: Josh Turner, Rodney Atkins, Dierks Bentley, Leann Rimes, Trisha Yearwood, Kenny Chesney, Toby Keith, Brooks & Dunn, Wynona Judd, ALABAMA, Kenny Rogers and Scotty McCreery.