Kellie Pickler was honored with the Heart for the Warrior Award from the USO of North Carolina at the Ninth Annual Salute to Freedom Gala in Raleigh, North Carolina on October 19. The award is given to those who “continuously lift the spirits of the troops and their families.” Kellie participated in her first USO tour in 2007 and has since performed for more than 30,000 troops stationed in eight different countries.
“I am so honored to be here,” Kellie said during her acceptance speech. “I am so blessed to have such a beautiful friendship with the people that make up the USO. I come from a military family. I’ve always had a great deal of respect for our service men and women. I work a lot with the USO, I love working with them. We’ve been able to do so many tours overseas. To be in a position where you can take a little piece of home to your service men and women, why would you not do that? They need to know we have their back because they have ours.”
The Gala honored service members and people from the community who support our military heroes. As part of the event, the USO of North Carolina held a live auction which included a guitar signed by Kellie. The winning bid belonged to Frank Stewart, who paid $4,900 for the guitar. The Live Auction raised $81,550.
Kellie will release her new album, The Woman I Am, on November 11. Her latest single, “Little Bit Gypsy,” is at radio now.