NASHVILLE, Tenn. (December 19, 2016) – The Journey Home Project, co-founded by Charlie Daniels, presented a check for $100,000 to Operation Stand Down Tennessee on behalf of Nashville Serving Veterans Community Board. The gift will be used to staff the Nashville Serving Veterans Community Board’s Virtual Welcome Center in partnership with Operation Stand Down Tennessee. DevDigital, a local full service digital development firm that specializes in custom web development, enterprise and mobile application development, and web hosting will provide the design and hosting of the site at no cost.
“The true measure of growth in supporting our military community, is when like-minded Americans realize a need, and then take action. Charlie, along with DevDigital, Lt. General Keith Huber, Operation Stand Down and the board of The Journey Home Project are joining forces to create a Nashville resource center that will serve our military families in the way they so deserve. We are experiencing the incredible success of a center such as this at the Charlie and Hazel Daniels Veterans and Military Family Center on the MTSU campus. I feel honored to be a part of this amazing process,” said David Corlew, co-founder of The Journey Home Project and Daniels’ manager.
Nashville-based 501(c)3 non-profit, The Journey Home Project, made 2016 a record year of giving with hundreds of thousands of dollars pledged to various initiatives. The organization, co-founded by newly inducted Country Music Hall of Fame member Charlie Daniels and manager and music industry veteran David Corlew with Ed Hardy, Joe Longever and Mercedez Longever, was founded to make a difference in the lives of American veterans by helping to meet their education, healthcare and employment needs.
Highlights of the year included donating $50,000 to Shepherd’s Men as part of their 1,400-mile run from Boston to Atlanta to benefit the SHARE Military Initiative at Atlanta’s Shepherd Center. After donating over $100,000 to Middle Tennessee State University to create their Veterans and Military Family Center which opened in April, the center was named in honor of Daniels’ and his wife Hazel earlier this year. The 2,600-square-foot, $329,000 center is a one-stop-shop for MTSU’s approximately 1,000 student veterans and family members. At an event in October prior to a Tennessee Titan’s game called Tailgate for a Cause, The Journey Home Project presented a check to the organization A Soldier’s Child. ASC provides children of fallen military personnel who have given their lives in service to our country a birthday gift each year until they are 18. They offer multiple mentorship programs as well as scholarships to their members. Presently, over 2,500 children are enrolled in the program.
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (October 19, 2016) – The Journey Home Project accepted a check from country artist and veteran United States Army Blackhawk Helicopter Pilot, Ryan Weaver, at an event launching his new music video on Tuesday evening. Accompanied by a concert and After Glow party, Weaver gave back to the non-profit that, he says, has helped him in indescribable ways. The new video in support of his single, “Burn,” was premiered at the Bridgestone Arena Plaza to a crowd of patriotic fans and featured Benghazi Heroes depicted in the movie “13 Hours” John “Tig” Tiegen and Kris "Tanto" Paronto. SiriusXM’s Storme Warren hosted the event.
“The Journey Home Project has helped me fulfill many of my dreams and given a boost to my ultimate dream; a career in music,” Weaver said. “Without a doubt, the board of this amazing organization has done amazing things in the lives of many veterans from all lines of duty, I am just proud and honored to be able to give back to those who have given so much to me. I was so honored to have Tig, Tanto and the board of The Journey Home Project here to celebrate with me and premiere the video for “Burn.””
The money was raised from a VIP After Party held Tuesday evening at Whiskey Bent Saloon as well as a campaign to raise money for Weaver, an independent artist, to record the song “Burn” among others. The event allowed attendees to get to know Weaver, Tiegen and Paronto and enter for a chance to win a custom Brothers and Arms AR-15 and a personally autographed golden fiddle by Charlie Daniels, who is a co-founder of The Journey Home Project.
"On behalf of the entire board of The Journey Home Project, we wish to thank Ryan Weaver for his countless efforts to support our organization. He served our country proudly as a Blackhawk Helicopter Pilot, Chief Warrant Officer 3, in the United States Army and continues to do so as a civilian everyday, leading by example,” said Mercedez Longever, co-founder of The Journey Home Project.
About The Journey Home Project
The Journey Home Project is a not-for profit organization that assists other not-for-profits in securing funds to help causes that benefit veterans of the United States Armed Forces. The Journey Home Project was founded in 2014 by country music legend Charlie Daniels and board members: David Corlew, Ed Hardy, Joe Longever and Mercedez Longever. Conscious of the need to assist our nation’s veterans, they have set out to partner with organizations that do the most good, with the least overhead. Working in tandem with these organizations, The Journey Home Project is making a difference in the lives of American patriots.
As a result of funds raised through Daniels' 40th Anniversary Volunteer Jam at the Bridgestone Arena last year, The Journey Home Project has been able to donate funds to help with the completion of the state-of-the-art Veterans and Military Families Center on campus at Middle Tennessee State University (MTSU), among various other fundraising events for veterans. This year’s Volunteer Jam on November 30 will bring Kid Rock, Chris Stapleton, Luke Bryan, 3 Doors Down, Larry the Cable Guy, Travis Tritt, and more to the Bridgestone Arena stage to celebrate Charlie Daniels’ 80th Birthday. Tickets to this event can be purchased here.
For more information, visit www.thejourneyhomeproject.org.
Three visionary iconoclasts, whose creative skills altered the direction of commercial country music, were inducted into the Country Music Hall of Fame during a star-studded, profoundly emotional Medallion Ceremony on October 16, 2016.
Country rock pioneer Charlie Daniels; music producer, publisher and Monument Records founder Fred Foster; and neo-traditional singer Randy Travis were feted with heartfelt testimonials, tearful speeches and memorable performances of songs they helped make famous. The artists paying tribute crossed generations and styles, underscoring the eclectic nature and groundbreaking stature of the three men being inducted.
As different as the honorees’ music and backgrounds are, the night’s speakers repeatedly pointed out that they all emerged from the state of North Carolina. “These three Tar Heels came to Tennessee and created music that enriched our lives and enhanced our culture,” said Kyle Young, CEO of the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum. “We are better for their presence and for their talents, and we are proud to hang their plaques in the Hall of Fame Rotunda.”
The annual Medallion Ceremony, held in the museum’s CMA Theater, pays tribute to the inductees by celebrating their stories with speeches, live musical tributes and original video biographies that draw on historic photos, interviews and performances culled from materials lovingly collected, stored and digitized in the museum’s Frist Library and Archives. The ceremony conveys the unique talents, personalities, histories and stories of each new Hall of Fame member and highlights why each inductee deserves the prestigious honor.
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