NASHVILLE, Tenn. – Country music icon and philanthropist, Tracy Lawrence, hosted his 17th annual Mission:Possible Turkey Fry and Benefit Concert in Nashville, Tenn. yesterday, Nov. 22. The day kicked off at the Nashville Fairgrounds with over 250 volunteers who helped fry a record-breaking 1,200 turkeys that will be distributed throughout Middle Tennessee, providing 9,600 meals to those in need during the Thanksgiving holiday. Following on that momentum, Lawrence was joined by Gary Allan, Travis Denning, Alexandra Kay and Halfway to Hazard for a sold-out benefit concert at Wildhorse Saloon that raised another record-breaking $250,000 towards Mission:Possible’s long-time partner, the Nashville Rescue Mission. The yearly event has now provided more than 73,000 meals to the homeless across Middle Tennessee and raised over $850,000 for Nashville Rescue Mission.
“Yesterday was an incredible day from start to finish,” Lawrence shared. “To step back and think about how this started as just a few friends and a dozen fryers in a parking lot — to what it is now — is truly incredible. There are so many people that go into this event and I’m just so grateful we can all come together and support this cause.”
The Turkey Fry kicked off bright and early at the Nashville Fairgrounds — its new location to accommodate the growing event — with Lawrence, joined by Tennessee Senator Marsha Blackburn, dropping the first turkey into the fryer. Lawrence’s cause called upon star-studded helping hands including Tennessee Senator Bill Hagerty, Nashville Mayor John Cooper, Phil Vassar, Deana Carter, Clint Black, Lee Greenwood and some of the evening’s performers including Kay, Denning and Halfway to Hazard. The charity event brought in dozens of industry members and the greater Nashville community to lend a hand in the massive undertaking.