On Tuesday, September 10 at the second "Charlie Daniels Patriot Award Dinner" held at The Palm Restaurant in Nashville, more than $200,000 was raised for the Country Music Hall of Famer's veterans non-profit The Journey Home Project (TJHP).
"The Journey Home Project dinner event at The Palm just gets better and better every year," says Daniels. "We are so very grateful to the good people of Middle Tennessee for supporting us in our efforts to help our veterans."
The sold-out event featured performances by Daniels ("Let 'em Win Or Bring 'em Home") and Darryl Worley ("Have You Forgotten") and remarks from decorated military veterans Mark "Oz" Geist (Benghazi survivor and co-author of 13 Hours / US Marine Corps, retired), Eddie Gallagher (US Navy SEAL), Michael Flynn (former National Security Advisor / US Army Lieutenant General, retired) and former New York City Police Commissioner Bernie Kerik. The evening was hosted by SiriusXM's Storme Warren and former Navy SEAL David Rutherford.
Charlie Daniels Patriot Awards were presented to Nashville businessman Donnie Mingus (Team Construction) and music industry international talent buyer/promoter Judy Seale (Judy Seale International / Stars for Stripes). Country star Chris Young (last year's Patriot Award recipient) made a surprise appearance to present a third award to the Shepherd's Men,an organization dedicated to raising funds and awareness for the SHARE Military Initiative at the Shepherd Center in Atlanta.
Each recipient was handpicked by Daniels and his manager and TJHP co-founder, David Corlew. The criteria for the award is based on the mission of the organization: to support veterans in their return, rehabilitation, and reintegration back into civilian life. The award honors a person, persons, or group that fulfills and exemplifies the efforts and dedication of TJHP's purpose to continuously care, support and encourage the men, women, and families who have served our great nation.
The "Charlie Daniels Patriot Award Dinner" was produced by David Corlew & Associates and sponsored by Outback Presents, APA, MTSU, Empire Distributors of Tennessee, The Palm, the Shepherd Center, Beaman Toyota, Team Construction and Daniel Defense.
*Photo credit: Rick Diamond Photography
About Charlie Daniels
From his Dove Award-winning gospel albums to his genre-defining Southern Rock anthems and his CMA Award-winning country hits, few artists have left a more indelible mark on America's musical landscape than Charlie Daniels. An outspoken patriot, beloved mentor, and still a road warrior at age 82, Daniels has parlayed his passion for music into a multi-platinum career and a platform to support the military, underprivileged children, and others in need. The Charlie Daniels Band has long populated radio with memorable hits and his signature song, "The Devil Went Down to Georgia." Over the course of his career, Daniels has received numerous accolades, including his induction into the Country Music Hall of Fame, the Musicians Hall of Fame and becoming a member of the Grand Ole Opry. Daniels helps to shine the spotlight on the many causes that are close to his heart. He's a staunch supporter of the military and lends his time and talent to numerous charitable organizations, including The Journey Home Project, that he founded in 2014 with his manager, David Corlew, to help veterans of the United States Armed Forces.
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