Charlie Daniels Honors Heroes at Special Dinner

Sept. 11 event assists special military foundation.

Charlie Daniels will gladly tell you, “I am up for anything that benefits our service people.” That spirit was definitely on display when Charlie and his wife, Hazel, hosted the Charlie Daniels Scholarships for Heroes charity event, Wednesday night (Sept. 11), at the fabulous Palm restaurant in Nashville. Proceeds from the event, which included both a silent and live auction, helped benefit the Task Force Dagger Foundation, which assists military members who have been wounded or injured in service.

Charlie was approached by the foundation a few years ago to spearhead the annual fundraiser. “This program is unique in that it helps the servicemen and women redirect their lives,” Charlie noted. Task Force Dagger sponsors activities that offer encouragement to military personnel who are recovering from their wounds. One of its signature programs is the Dagger Dive SCUBA event in Key West, Fla., which provides soldiers and their families the chance to obtain their SCUBA certification.

“We can never replace the parts of their lives that they have lost,” Charlie says. “But we can try. It is important to give back whenever we can. I feel that we should all do that.”

Charlie added that the date of the event, Sept. 11, was certainly appropriate. “But we’re not trying to be gloomy or down by any means,” Charlie said. “This is a night to honor people. We’re just having fun raising money.” Special guest Chief Warrant Officer 3 Scott Schroeder, an Army veteran who suffered traumatic injuries in 2010 during his service, was honored at the event.

Guests enjoyed dinner and performances by Phil Vassar and Keni Thomas. Attendees also had the opportunity to bid on a number of silent auction items, including guitars signed by Charlie, Brad Paisley, Ronnie Dunn and several other country stars.

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