NASHVILLE, Tenn. (Monday, March 21, 2016) – Tracy Lawrence, Multi-platinum CMA and ACM award-winning recording artist and host of nationally-syndicated radio show, Honky Tonkin’ with Tracy Lawrence, was deemed Philanthropist of the Year at the Nashville’s National Philanthropy Day award ceremony March 17, 2016.

The event, put on by Middle Tennessee’s chapter of the Association of Fundraising Professionals (AFP) recognized donors, volunteers, foundations, leaders, corporations and others engaged in philanthropy who made large positive impacts on the community in 2015.

Lawrence has long been in partnership with the Nashville Rescue Mission, fundraising for the organization and feeding more than 75,000 in need throughout the past decade with his annual turkey fry. In addition to meals served, more than $63,000 was raised at the 10th Annual Mission: Possible Turkey Fry Concert on Nov. 24, 2015 at City Winery which prompted the Rescue Mission’s submission of Lawrence for Philanthropist of the Year.

“What an Amazing honor to win the Nashville Philanthropist of the year award. I am so thankful that I have the opportunity and the ability to give back to the Nashville community that I so dearly love,” comments Lawrence. “I hope that I will be able to continue to serve those less fortunate for a long time.”

Music City’s AFP chapter is one of more than 230 chapters across the country that has, together, generated over $1 trillion through National Philanthropy Day since 1960. NPD is not only a federally proclaimed day by President Reagan, but a grassroots movement that has grown into a nation-wide effort for the able to get involved in giving back. Lawrence along with four other dedicated humanitarians were awarded for their work throughout their communities at NPD’s ceremony.

Complete List of Honorees

Philanthropist of the Year: Tracy Lawrence

Fundraising Volunteer of the Year: Sandra Lipman

Corporate Philanthropist: Delta Dental

Rising Star Youth Fundraising Volunteers: Be Happy Haiti – Emma Hall, Brooke and Blaire Ely

Fundraising Professional of the Year: Erin Wenzel

About National Philanthropy Day National Philanthropy day is recognized across the country as the premier event to celebrate philanthropy. It is sponsored by Association of Fundraising Professionals across the country an includes a national recognition program. Here in Middle Tennessee, the program began in the late 1980s and we have honored incredible and generous community leaders.

Philanthropy is “the love of humankind,” and National Philanthropy Day® (NPD)is the day that thousands of people around the world come together to put that word into action and recognize the change that word has brought to our communities.

NPD is a celebration of philanthropy—giving, volunteering and charitable engagement—that highlights the accomplishments, large and small, that philanthropy—and all those involved in the philanthropic process—makes to our society and our world. Here in Nashville hundreds join each year in the National Philanthropy Day celebration.