Tracy Lawrence has been making country music for more than three decades with hits including "Paint Me a Birmingham," "Time Marches On" and "Sticks and Stones." For two-thirds of that time, Lawrence has fried turkeys every Thanksgiving to give back to the community, which made him famous.
Lawrence hosted his 18th annual Mission: Possible Turkey Fry and Benefit Concert in Nashville, Tenn. yesterday, Nov. 21, to support the Nashville Rescue Mission and help feed Middle Tennessee's hungry.
This year, more than 250 volunteers helped fry over 1,200 turkeys – enough for more than 10,000 meals that will be distributed throughout Middle Tennessee to those in need during Thanksgiving.
"I just want to encourage everyone to do a little part for each of their communities," Lawrence told CMT in 2021. "Sometimes, all it takes is a spark. Something small can turn into something big. You just have to have the heart to want to give back to your fellow man. If everybody just gave back a little bit, the world would be a much better place."
Lawrence held this year's event at the Nashville fairgrounds, and his famous friends Gary Allan, Chris Young, Jamey Johnson, Ian Munsick, Travis Denning, Phil Vassar, Spencer Crandall, Frank Ray, David Lee Murphy, Trey Lewis, Kasey Tyndall, Noah Thompson turned up to help. Later that night, Lee Brice, Priscilla Block and Halfway to Hazard joined Lawrence for a benefit concert at Wildhorse Saloon. The event raised another $250,000 for Nashville Rescue Mission.
Mission: Possible has provided more than 86,000 meals to the homeless across Middle Tennessee and raised more than $1 million for the Nashville Rescue Mission.
"I'm very proud of what Mission: Possible has grown into over the last 18 years," Lawrence said. "To see hundreds of volunteers frying turkeys for hours is nothing short of incredible. I want to thank Lee, Priscilla and Halfway to Hazard for being a part of this memorable and giving event."
Following the success of the Turkey Fry and Benefit Concert series, Lawrence added to his stable of charitable events with an annual Celebrity Classic Golf Tournament in 2020. The fundraiser, held in the spring, has raised more than $1.1 million for Middle Tennessee homeless charities in only three years.
Past golfers include Kid Rock, Charles Kelley, Jake Owen, Jordan Davis, HARDY, Deana Carter, Mitchell Tenpenny, ERNEST, Jamey Johnson, Colt Ford, John Daly, Brett Hull and Rex Ryan.
When Lawrence isn't frying turkeys, he hosts his nationally syndicated radio show "Honky Tonkin' With Tracy Lawrence" and hosts his podcast, "TL's Road House" – in addition to touring and making music.
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