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Charlie Daniels Headlines 2013 Waltrip Brothers' Charity Championship

Charlie Daniels went down to Bristol … he was willing to make a deal …

The legendary country and Southern rock musician announced Sunday at Bristol Motor Speedway that he has partnered with NASCAR brothers Darrell and Michael Waltrip to headline the Fourth Annual Waltrip Brothers’ Charity Championship Champion’s Dinner in Franklin, Tenn.

Daniels, who provided the pre-race entertainment at the half-mile race track, will perform at the Oct. 23 Champion’s Dinner, kicking off the two-day fundraiser that concludes Oct. 24 with a golf tournament and benefits Feed The Children, Motor Racing Outreach (MRO) and Lipscomb University’s Charlie Daniels Scholarship for Heroes.

“We’ve made great strides with WBCC and continue to raise the bar every year,” Darrell Waltrip said.  “Charlie Daniels agreeing to entertain our guests is just another gigantic example of how well-supported this event has become.  He’s an American hero and a national treasure.  The man is a wizard with a fiddle, and we’re honored to have him bring it to this year’s event. But more importantly, I’m grateful to call this legend a true friend and neighbor.”

Daniels is a staunch supporter of the American military, supporting Lipscomb University’s Yellow Ribbon Enhancement Program, which allocates funds for tuition-free undergraduate degrees to veterans who qualify for 100-percent of the Post-9/11 GI Bill benefits.  A portion of the funds raised through this year’s WBCC will go toward this effort.

“I can't say ‘thank you’ enough times to Darrell and Michael Waltrip for their generous contribution and participation in the Yellow Ribbon Event this year,” Daniels said.  “But I'm going to try.  I’ll be seeing the boys for their annual Waltrip Brothers Charity Championship Champion’s Dinner this year and am really looking forward to it.  Let’s have a little fun.”

Last year’s WBCC was the most successful to-date, raising $350,000 for Motor Racing Outreach (MRO) and Feed The Children. Several top names from the NASCAR, country music, sports and entertainment world annually lend their support through participation and donations of autographed items for auction.

“The 2013 event was the most fun and most successful we’ve had yet,” Michael Waltrip said.  “The support from icons in the music, sports and entertainment world was amazing, and the addition of Charlie to this year’s event tells me this year will be even better.  With a little luck and more great friends like Charlie, the WBCC could become a legend in its own right in due time.”
   
For further information or to inquire as to how you may attend the Waltrip Brothers’ Charity Championship or assist, please contact Van Colley at vancolley@waltripbrothers.com.

About Lipscomb University’s Yellow Ribbon Enhancement Program:
For veterans who qualify for 100 percent of the Post-9/11 GI Bill benefits, Lipscomb University has committed to allocate the necessary funds to allow them to earn a tuition-free undergraduate degree through the Yellow Ribbon Enhancement Program. The university also offers qualifying student veterans a variety of graduate degrees tuition-free or at a greatly reduced tuition rate. Since its inception in fall 2009, Lipscomb’s Yellow Ribbon Program has grown from 20 original participants to more than 150 veterans enrolled this spring. Students have performed well academically with 71 percent of currently enrolled student veterans maintaining a minimum 3.0 GPA, with 13 percent of those maintaining a perfect 4.0 GPA.  For more information about Lipscomb University’s Yellow Ribbon Enhancement Program, call 615-966-5176 or visit veterans.lipscomb.edu.

About Motor Racing Outreach:
Motor Racing Outreach (MRO) is a non-profit organization founded in 1988 by NASCAR drivers and their wives in response to the need for a “church” for the many individuals and families traveling and competing on the NASCAR Sprint Cup and NASCAR Nationwide circuits. Through its work MRO has grown to include various other racing series and numerous local tracks throughout the United States. Working with local churches and other ministry organizations, MRO has become instrumental in facilitating the same type of pastoral care and support to the millions of fans who follow NASCAR.
 
About Feed The Children:
Feed The Children (FTC) is an international, nonprofit relief organization with headquarters in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, that delivers food and essentials to children and families affected by famine, war, poverty or natural disasters. In 2011, Feed The Children distributed more than 104 million pounds of relief to all 50 states and internationally. Learn more about the mission and programs of Feed The Children at www.feedthechildren.org , on Facebook at www.facebook.com/feedthechildren and on Twitter @feedthechildren.