NASHVILLE, Tennessee–Tracy Lawrence and Friends Announce the 12th Annual “Mission:Possible” Turkey Fry at the Nashville Rescue Mission followed by a concert at the Wildhorse Saloon featuring Halfway to Hazard, Ben Gallaher, William Michael Morgan, Luke Combs, Jamie O’Neal and Clay Cormier.
Enlisting help from fellow Nashville music, sports and entertainment celebrities, as well as a host of volunteers, Lawrence and friends will fry up to 600 donated turkeys ensuring a warm meal for those less fortunate this Thanksgiving. States Lawrence, “When their kids are out of school, so many families don’t have food to eat.” Mission:Possible and other outlets deliver to government housing along with the Men’s and Women’s shelters to help ensure they have something to eat.
The Mission:Possible Turkey Fry started twelve years ago on a Thanksgiving morning when Tracy Lawrence met with friends and family and decided this would be a good way to give back to our community. “It started small and the next thing you know, you get sponsors and it turns into this big amazing thing and it’s starting to spread around the country.”
This year LouAna Oil is helping by donating oil for the fryers and Blue Rhino is donating all of the propane. Sam’s Club is also stepping in with financial support. Also, Dallas is hosting their 2nd Mission:Possible event while Louisville is hosting their first. Says Lawrence: “We also heard that one is in the works for Milwaukee and that Los Angelos is doing one based on our model.” Year after year they meet great people and fans and “make a day of it” as they spread the love to their community.
When asked about what it means, Lawrence emphasized, “Mission:Possible means that anything is possible with enough love and people caring about each other… that we can change lives by finding a way to give back to our community and lift our fellow man up.” In addition to providing meals, Lawrence raised over $135,000 last year for Music City’s homeless/Nashville Rescue Mission.
This is the third year for the Turkey Fry Concert and ticket sales will also go to support the Nashville Rescue Mission.
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Bethany Bowman is an entertainment writer for The Tennessee Star.