|Nashville Palm benefit raised more than $75,000 for Stars for Stripes|
Photo credit: Krista Lee Photography
The Nashville Palm hosted “Have You Forgotten?” a benefit commemorating the 10-year anniversary of the September 11 attacks, on Tuesday, September 20. Country music legend and Opry member Charlie Daniels and his wife Hazel hosted the event, along with celebrity guests Chris Young and Darryl Worley.
Emceed by GAC’s Storme Warren, The Palm’s signature surf and turf dinner was served while artists Charlie Daniels, Darryl Worley and Chris Young performed hit songs. All three musicians also donated handwritten lyrics to the benefit. Charlie Daniels’ two copies of “Let ‘Em Win or Bring ‘Em Home” sold for $24,000 dollars. This event raised more than $75,000 for Stars for Stripes, which is an organization dedicated to providing quality celebrity entertainment to American troops stationed overseas.
Special guests John and Jan Vigiano and Lieutenant Jason Redman were honored at the benefit. Charlie Daniels personally thanked the guests and presented them with one of his autographed fiddles. John Vigiano is a former marine and a retired member of the New York Fire Department. He and his wife lost both of their sons September 11, 2001 in the attacks on the Twin Towers in NYC. Redman is a highly decorated Navy Seal who was shot seven times in the face and arms with a machine gun during an operation in Iraq in 2007.
Charlie Daniels, known for his fiddle playing, is a music icon who has been performing and writing songs for more than five decades. He formed the Charlie Daniels Band in 1972, creating straightforward country music including the number one hit, “The Devil Went Down to Georgia.” Daniels is the recipient of awards from The Country Music Association, The Academy of Country Music, and The Gospel Music Association. He is a proud member of the Grand Ole Opry, the Musicians Hall of Fame and was honored with a star on the Music City Walk of Fame. Let ‘Em Win or Bring ‘Em Home, is the newest patriotic song penned by Daniels, receiving standing ovations when performed live. The CDB's current CD release Land That I Love, a patriotic compilation, includes two new cuts (Iraq Blues and What This World Needs is a Few More Rednecks 2010). Daniels has performed more than 30 concerts for the military nationally and internationally, including several tours with Stars for Stripes.
Over the past decade, Darryl Worley has won numerous music industry awards, recorded six albums, and sold more than 2 million records worldwide. He has charted 19 hits, including #1 singles, “I Miss My Friend,” “Awful Beautiful Life,” and "Have You Forgotten.” Darryl has established himself as a well-respected hit maker in Nashville and has become one of the industry’s most compelling artists. Darryl has participated in 5 tours to Southwest Asia since 2002 and 2 tours to South Korea to entertain the troops.
Recently nominated for his first GRAMMY® Award for Best Male Country Vocal Performance with his hit, “Gettin’ You Home,” Chris Young currently is out on the road with Jason Aldean on his sold-out “My Kinda Party” Tour. With his rich, warm baritone and penchant for writing relatable, slice-of-life songs, Young has emerged as both a critic and fan favorite with four consecutive #1s at radio including the GOLD selling single "Tomorrow" from the brand new album NEON. Since 2009, Young has participated in two tours to Southwest Asia, one of which is featured on a one-hour GAC TV special titled, "Stars For Stripes - Wounded Warriors Return."
”Have You Forgotten?” is sponsored by Military Systems Group, Inc, Nashville Lifestyles Magazine, Horizon Wine & Spirits and the Gary Sinise Foundation.
About The Palm
For more than eight decades The Palm Restaurant, the nation’s classic American steak house, has proudly served huge cuts of prime beef and jumbo Nova Scotia lobsters cooked to perfection with service and atmosphere like nowhere else. Known as the “place to see and be seen,” the famed walls of each Palm are adorned with the caricatures of celebrities, politicians and socialites who make up its impressive customer base. Through four generations, the two families who opened the original Palm in 1926 on the East Side of Manhattan have maintained co-ownership of the restaurant company. The Palm currently has 30 restaurants in 25 cities across the United States, Mexico and Puerto Rico. For more information on The Palm, visit www.thepalm.com.
The Nashville Palm, which celebrated its ten-year anniversary this past December, is located at 140 Fifth Avenue South across the street from the Bridgestone Arena and near the Nashville Hilton Downtown. Reservations are available by calling 615.742.7256. The restaurant serves lunch Monday – Friday and dinner seven days a week. Hours of operation are 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. for lunch, and 3 p.m. to 11 p.m. for dinner Monday through Friday. Hours of operation on Saturday and Sunday are 5 p.m. to 10 p.m.
About Stars for Stripes
Stars for Stripes, Inc., is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization dedicated to providing quality celebrity entertainment to internationally deployed U.S. military forces. Stars for Stripes is improving the overseas tour experience for performers, sponsors, donors, and most importantly, our dedicated men and women protecting our national interests. Stars for Stripes works in conjunction with the U.S. Army Europe Morale, Welfare and Recreation Commands (USAREUR), United States Forces - Iraq (USF-I), and Armed Forces Entertainment (AFE) to deliver entertainment to remote sites where troops need the morale boost the most.
Entertainers who participate in the tours experience military life first-hand as they live and eat where the troops live and eat, are transported in military vehicles, and perform for the most appreciative audiences they will ever entertain.
Following every performance, entertainers sign autographs for everyone, no matter how long the line or how many hours it takes for everyone to get an autograph and have their photo made with the celebrity.
Since inception in 2003, Stars for Stripes has accompanied 54 celebrity entertainment tours overseas, 37 of those going throughout Iraq and 5 throughout Afghanistan. Entertainers and Stars for Stripes staff all donate their time and there are no "office administrative costs," so every dollar donated goes directly to fund a tour for the troops.