Craig Morgan’s eighth annual charity event brought some of the biggest stars in sports and country music to Morgan’s hometown of Dickson, Tenn., over the weekend and raised $60,000 dollars in the process. A trail ride kicked off the event on Sunday morning with motocross stars Kevin Windham, Destry Abbott, Fred Andrews, Randy Hawkins, Andrew Short and Larry Ward, and fellow country stars Tracy Lawrence and Chuck Wicks.
“This is all new to me,” Chuck Wicks told The Boot. “I’m just happy I’m in one piece. I survived. I followed the professional riders, and I kept up. I held my own. Maybe I’ll go get a dirt bike now.” That evening, Morgan, Lawrence and Wicks performed an in-the-round show at Dickson’s War Memorial Lawn. Morgan brought down the house with a country arrangement of Justin Timberlake’s “Drink You Away,” and all three men came together to make up a song on the spot using three words solicited from the audience, that included “Karen,” “love” and “mayonnaise.”
The event also included silent and live auctions, with all proceeds going to the Dickson Country Craig Morgan Foundation. Morgan has been working towards a goal of building a home called Billy’s Place, which will help serve the needs of foster children throughout Middle Tennessee.
“We always start with children,” he said. “My wife and I have been really blessed; we have a house full of kids. And we’ve fostered in this community, and in the process of doing that, we’ve seen the need — for example, we’d be on vacation and Children’s Services would call and say, ‘We have a child that needs a home, can you take them?’ And we’re out of town. And we’d find out later that that child had to sit in that office for hours, waiting for them to try to find a family, and then sometimes they might find a family, and that family can only take care of them for a few hours, or for the day. Then they’d go back, and they’d go through this process until they’re either returned back to the family, or they’re placed in a more permanent foster program.”
Billy’s Place will provide crucial support during that interim period, giving displaced foster children a safe and comfortable environment while authorities work on a permanent arrangement on their behalf.