Xtreme Muzik The Tour, featuring co-headliners Big & Rich and Gretchen Wilson, has been a hit with audiences from coast to coast, and the tour’s artists, Big Kenny, John Rich and Wilson, recently announced they will donate 100 percent of the proceeds from their Sept. 2, 2011, date at The Woods Amphitheater at Fontanel to Operation Finally Home, a nonprofit organization that honors wounded and disabled veterans and widows of fallen soldiers with new homes.
“This is a wonderful organization I’ve worked with for years. They have a very simple but very important cause,” said Big Kenny, who first approached his touring partners about the idea. “Building a home is noble, but constructing a home tailored to the needs of a specific injury or disability is one of the things Operation Finally Home really understands and has done well time and again.
“It’s an honor for us all to have them working with us here in Music City,” added the Virginia-born artist. I’m willing to jump out of a perfectly good plane to raise awareness of the great needs of so many of our returning soldiers!”
Daniel Vargas, a retired U.S. Air Force Technical Sergeant runs Operation Finally Home from New Braunfels, Texas. Born out of the Bay Area Builders Association Support Our Troops effort, the program provides custom-made homes to wounded and disabled veterans as well as to widows of the fallen in an effort to get their lives back on track.
“For many of our soldiers the real battle begins once they’ve left the hospital and returned home,” Vargas said. “We are committed to helping make sure that these men and women will have the security of a roof over their heads. This mission is possible only through gifts from donors and sponsors. We are grateful and proud to have country music stars Big & Rich, Gretchen Wilson and Cowboy Troy support our efforts.”
Show times and ticket info: Doors to Woods Amphitheater at Fontanel, located at 4225 Whites Creek Pike in Nashville, will open at 6 p.m. Sept. 2. Big Kenny, CMSgt. Steph Page and Shaun Meadows, a double amputee Afghanistan combat veteran, along with Team Fastrax Professional Skydiving Team, will kick off the evening by skydiving high above the venue and landing in the meadow at Fontanel.
Music will start at 7 p.m. with newcomer Bradley Gaskin. Big & Rich and Wilson will take the stage at 8 p.m. Tickets may be purchased online via www.woodsamphitheater.com.
About Operation Finally Home
Operation Finally Home is an award-winning program created by Bay Area Builders Association Support Our Troops. Bay Area Builders Association Support Our Troops was established in 2005 as a non-partisan/nonprofit 501(c)(3) organization. Bay Area Builders Association Support Our Troops mission is to provide custom made mortgage free homes to wounded and disabled veterans and the widows of the fallen in an effort to get their lives back on track and become productive members of their communities.
Bay Area Builders Association Support Our Troops partners with corporate sponsors, builder associations, builders, developers, individual contributors, and volunteers to help severely wounded heroes and their families’ transition from the battlefront to the home front and help them succeed in their challenging new world so they may ultimately enjoy a productive and rewarding life.