Chris Young, Darryl Worley Celebrate Charlie Daniels, Veterans at Patriot Dinner

The 3rd annual Charlie Daniels Patriot Awards dinner raised $250,000 at the first awards dinner since Daniels' death. Darryl Worley took home the night's most prestigious trophy.

Charlie Daniels would be so proud.

The 3rd annual Charlie Daniels Patriot Awards dinner was last week at City Winery in Nashville. At the charity’s first dinner since Daniels’ death, more than $250,000 was raised to benefit Daniels’ veterans non-profit, The Charlie Daniels Journey Home Project (TCDJHP).

The evening’s Patriot Award honorees include “Have You Forgotten” singer Darryl Worley, Mark “Oz” Geist (Benghazi survivor and co-author of 13 Hours / U.S. Marine Corps, retired), the Daniels Center at MTSU and firearms manufacturers Marty and Cindy Daniel of Daniel Defense.

“It’s special in a lot of different ways,” Worley said of receiving the award. “It’s rewarding to be recognized for your hard work, but I think Charlie and I felt the same way about that. This isn’t something we had a choice in. This is something we saw and knew it had to be done. No one was doing it, so we said, ’That’s going to be our gig.’ Him not being there is weird. I know he’s looking down and smiling, and he’s in a whole lot better place. There’s just a big void.”

He treated the audience to a performance of “Have You Forgotten.”

“Charlie saw something in me,” Worley said. “He said, ’God’s not done with you. You’re going to do greater things through him.'”

Chris Young, a former Patriot Award winner, entertained guests with a multi-song set that included his first No. 1 hit “Gettin’ You Home (The Black Dress Song),” his CMA-nominated “Famous Friends,” and “The Dashboard,” an emotional ballad about a soldier who returns from war.

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