Only a few days after firing an employee who attempted to raise the $18,000 the Ryman Auditorium estimated it would cost to host a Joey Feek prayer vigil, management announced a last-minute decision to host a vigil at the venue for the ailing country singer last night.
A tweet from the Grand Ole Opry Twitter account invited people to attend the free vigil after an “Opry at The Ryman” performance that included artists such as Thompson Square, Mo Pitney, Diamond Rio and Charlie Daniels Band.
The Grand Ole Opry and Ryman Auditorium are both owned and operated by Ryman Hospitality Properties, formerly known as Gaylord Entertainment Company.
An employee of the new Cafe Lula inside the Ryman originally proposed holding a prayer vigil on Thursday, Nov. 19 for Joey Feek, who has terminal cervical cancer. The employee was subsequently fired last Thursday, purportedly for using the name “Ryman” in a Go Fund Me campaign aimed at raising the money the Ryman said it would cost for such an event.
Joey recently opened up about her fight with cancer and the decision to halt treatment and move to hospice care. The couple said they still “have hope for a miracle,” but that they have “found peace through the path God is leading them down.” Fans are doing everything they can to show their support for the couple, including campaigning to get the duo’s song “When I’m Gone” to No. 1.