Songwriters Spotlight

Healing Heroes Benefit Concert for LHCP
Healing Heroes Benefit Concert for LHCP

A common theme pervaded the latest Landstuhl Hospital Care Project benefit show: help. While LHCP has always been about providing the best help it can to wounded servicemen and women, a few star country music artists decided LHCP itself was worthy of a bit of their time and help. The project received a much appreciated shot in the arm Sunday, May 23, in Franklin, Tenn., at a country music benefit concert hosted by the Grace Chapel church and featuring a star-studded cast of singer/song-writers.

“The first time I saw the video of Karen [the CBS News special], my heart broke in half, and I thought, ‘whatever I can do to help her, I’m gonna do it,’” said songwriter Leslie Satcher. “I feel like it’s such a small part that I’m doing, but hopefully our small part sets a fire to people who can actually do a big part.”

With tremendous help from Songwriters Spotlight’s Korene Stevens and David Allen, the event was able to feature country music artists Satcher, Casey Beathard, Allen Shamblin and Tim Rushlow. Each performed several tracks from their award-winning songbooks, and recording group Raven Cliff made their second LHCP fundraiser appearance, crooning and harmonizing their way through a crowd-pleasing rendition of “The Star-Spangled Banner.”

Stevens’ husband, Even – who performed at the Franklin Theater as a part of the last LHCP benefit here – echoed Satcher’s theme of wanting to get involved from the moment he heard about Karen and the project.

Songwriters Spotlight
Songwriters Spotlight

“My wife and I were sitting and watching a Sunday morning news show,” he said. “We saw that video and we do a lot of benefits and thought, ‘Well that’s what we should do!’.”

The host venue, Grace Chapel, could hardly have been a more perfect setting for the country and, at times gospel, themed music of the night, with its high, barnlike ceilings and the rolling fields surrounding the low sloping red roofs warming everyone up to the mood as they rolled up Southall Road.

Once the crowded church auditorium was familiarized with the mission of LHCP and watched the CBS piece, a show of nearly two hours commenced, included some huge hits from yesterday and today.

While Satcher’s blazing guitar hands and bluesy howl highlighted hits like “When God-Fearin’ Women Get the Blues” and “Tough”, Shamblin often elected to go with a slower pace on his “I Can’t Make You Love Me” and “The House That Built Me”, even getting the crowd to reminisce with him and song along on “We Were In Love.”

Sandwiching those two on either end of the stage were Beathard and former Little Texas member Rushlow.

Songwriters Spotlight
Songwriters Spotlight at Grace Chapel

“My heroes have always been, in this order, Jesus, my wife, my parents, and then our soldiers… People that are serving right now, people that are veterans, I just love to get with them. I get star struck around them.” said Beathard. “Anything I could do for them, I’ll do it, because that’s what they’re doing for us.”

Beathard contrasted the bombastic personality of Satcher to his left, with a self-deprecating style that complemented his relaxed style of performance on songs including “Find out Who Your Friends Are.” Rushlow performed Little Texas’ huge hit “What Might Have Been”, along with a number of cuts he’s been putting down for an upcoming album release.

By the end of the night, the audience had been taken through a healthy up-and-down of emotions, even hearing from a former soldier who was cared for and treated at Landstuhl, before the project made things a little more comfortable there.

They won’t be in a Mustang doing 80, but thanks to the efforts of a host of middle Tennesseans, a lot of boxes will be making their way across the Atlantic to Germany.

by Zeke Turrentine

Awesome Cause

8th Annual Benefit Poker Run
American Legion Riders Post 189 NY 8th Annual Benefit Poker Run for the Landstuhl Hospital Care Project

For the 8th year in a row, the American Legion Riders from the LT Warren Eaton Post 189 – Norwich New York sponsored a Benefit Poker Run to support the Landstuhl Hospital Care Project. Armed Forces Day (May 18th) 2013 was a slightly overcast but very comfortable day for a ride through the hills, valleys, and farmlands of beautiful Chenango County New York. The Legion Riders began their day with Breakfast at the Ontario Hotel and were glad to have the chance to visit with Karen and Brian Grimord before the hectic festivities started. Eager participants began arriving at the Post-Home shortly after 9 AM while the Legion Riders were setting up and preparing for registration.

The bikes started to rumble in quickly after that and our staff was busy filling out paperwork, selling various raffle tickets, providing coffee and donuts and parking bikes. We kicked off the formal portion at about 10:45 AM with a blessing and the Pledge of Allegiance. Chapter President Paul Russo introduced key group members: VP Jim Cushman; Secretary Sophie Liberatore; Treasurer Resi Fuller; Membership Chair Jerry Reyes; and Ride Captain/Sergeant at Arms/Safety Officer Bill Fowler. Also recognized were our friends from various other Legion Rider Chapters, members of the Blue Knights, members of the Leathernecks, members of the local Under my Skin group, Karen and Brian Grimord as well as Norwich Chief of Police Joe Angelino. Chief Angelino is a Combat Vet and Purple Heart recipient that actually had recovered from wounds, received in Iraq, at the Landstuhl Regional Medical Center.

8th Annual Benefit Poker Run
Some of the iron horses awaiting their riders.

Yankee Bill Fowler provided a ride safety briefing and the ride got underway to the cheers of many from the local neighborhood that had gathered outside the Legion parking lot’s back gate. There were over 100 participants signed in and the roar of over 80 cycles through the normally quiet Norwich streets was awesome!

Our first stop was at the NYS Veterans Home in Oxford – we paused to visit with a few of the Vet Residents that came outside to greet us and then it was back on the road to our lunch stop at the Balsam Inn in East Pharsalia – delicious grilled sandwiches and some door prize giveaways. Rolling again – we make our way to the hamlet of DeRuyter and the ‘Middleton Military Memorial’ – Retired First Sergeant and Viet Nam Vet – Bill Middleton has created a beautiful and solemn place to commemorate those that served and sacrificed during that conflict…the display includes a Viet Nam era UH-1 ‘Huey’ Helicopter that was ‘in-country’ and flew on many missions. After a few group photos we saddled up again for the longest leg of the day’s ride.

Riding back roads from DeRuyter through Georgetown and Earlville, on our way to Sherburne, we passed many farms and fields – people stopped their yard work and outdoor activities to watch and wave at our parade. We were treated to a great view of some of the local Mennonite farmers working their fields with awesomely huge draw horses – that was quite a sight! We arrived safely back in ‘civilization’ and stopped at the Gilligans’ Island Ice Cream shop for some cool treats. Gilligans has been a great supporter of LHCP – setting aside ‘donation days’ for the charity when they donated a percentage of daily receipts to the cause!

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8th Annual Benefit Poker Run for the Landstuhl Hospital Care Project

Sadly – we ‘mounted up’ for the final leg of the trip and headed back to the Legion Post in Norwich. After making sure we had a good account of all the riders and making sure everyone was safe…we moved inside and people began to draw cards for their Poker Hands. As the score-sheets were being reviewed – Riders Chapter Officers began drawing tickets for a mountain of door prizes. The number of donations this year was once again amazing and well over half of the attendees went home with at least a little something! The high hand was one by a gentleman with three sevens and the low hand trophy went to a rider with a ‘9-high nothing’. Our Chapter Secretary, Sophie Liberatore, awarded her traditional “Sophie’s Choice” award for her choice out of the awesome and beautiful motorcycles that were ridden in the event. Exciting 50/50 Raffles and gift raffles were given away, to some lucky participants. Chapter President and Ms. Grimord offered some final thoughts and “thank yous” to all who made this day great – and we announced that the total donation would be well over $4,000 for the day’s efforts! Awesome Ride and Awesome Day for an Awesome Cause – the Riders would like to thank Karen and the LHCP for the work they do and thank you all for allowing us to be, but a small part, of this worthwhile effort

By

Yankee Bill Fowler
Sergeant at Arms
American Legion Riders Post 189 NY

USA Raises Money for the Landstuhl Hospital Care Project

Author: Lynne Hilton,
Utilities Service Alliance

Through the combination of corporate donations and a charity casino night held at this year’s Executive Summit, $20,000 was raised for the Landstuhl Hospital Care Project. This worthy organization provides comfort and relief items for military members who become sick, injured, or wounded from service in the Middle East.

Source: USA (Utilities Service Alliance)

USA Raises Money for the LHCP
Ed Hollis (left), Vice President of Strategic Accounts at Curtiss Wright Flow Control and Carl Parry (right), President and CEO of USA hold the check for Karen Grimord, Founder and President of LHCP. Curtiss Wright Flow Control and Frham Safety underwrote the charity event held during the conference where much of the funds were raised.

Healing Heroes Benefit Concert for LHCP

Featuring Hit Songwriters

LESLIE SATCHER
ALLEN SHAMBLIN
CASEY BEATHEARD
TIM RUSHLOW

On Sunday, June 23rd,  Songwriters Spotlight presents a special concert featuring some of Nashville’s top songwriters/artists. This is a benefit concert with proceeds to support Landstuhl Hospital Care Project (LHCP) which provides comfort and relief items for Landstuhl Regional Medical Center (LRMC,) our largest, U.S. military hospital, and other Combat support hospitals in the Middle East. The event will be held at Grace Chapel, 3279 Southall Road, Franklin, TN, 37064. General admission tickets are available in advance at Grace Chapel for $10 or can be purchased at the door. The concert begins at 6 pm and doors open at 5:30 pm.

We are so excited to have these artists and entertainers come to Williamson County for the Healing Heroes event. Their accolades comprise of; Leslie Satcher’s “Troubador” by George Strait, Allen Shamblin’s “I Can’t Make You Love Me” by Bonnie Raitt, Casey Beathard’s “Find Out Who Your Friends Are” by Tracey Lawrence and Tim Rushlow’s “Kick A Little” with Little Texas. It’s a night of unique and intimate entertainment. This fantastic fundraiser will allow us to raise the needed funds and provide aid to our dedicated injured troops.

Healing Heroes Benefit Concert
Healing Heroes Benefit Concert

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