One of the biggest names in the music industry will lend her legendary talent to a good cause at Darrell and Michael Waltrip’s 10th Annual Waltrip Brothers’ Charity Championship (WBCC) next month. Nine-time GRAMMY AWARD winner Sheryl Crow will headline the event’s Oct. 16 Champion’s Dinner Presented by Rackley Roofing to commence the two-day fundraiser benefitting Motor Racing Outreach (MRO).
Crow’s performance at The Factory in Franklin, Tenn., will kick off the WBCC, which, in just nine years, has raised more than $4 million for MRO and various other charities. Crow is an American music icon with multiple No. 1 hits including “All I Wanna Do,” “Soak Up the Sun” and “The First Cut Is the Deepest.” Up-and-coming country music artist Tyler Reese Tritt, daughter of Travis Tritt, will open the evening with a performance before handing off to Crow.
“With 10 years invested in a fundraising event, it becomes increasingly difficult to continue to outdo last year’s event,” Darrell Waltrip said. “But Sheryl Crow agreeing to headline our WBCC Champion’s Dinner is proof there is no letting up. We are blessed beyond belief to have her grace the stage for a terrific cause.”
The Champion’s Dinner features a live and silent auction of hundreds of autographed items from sports, music and entertainment icons. FOX NASCAR host Shannon Spake is back for the third year to host Wednesday’s dinner, while NASCAR on NBC play-by-play announcer Rick Allen lends his trademark voice to its live auction. FOX NASCAR analyst Jeff Hammond will have the honor of awarding a service dog, donated by The Dog Knowledge Foundation, to a disabled Marine.
WBCC guests return Thursday for the “no mulligan” golf tournament at Vanderbilt Legends Club with a noon shotgun start, which opens with American Idol sensation Jessica Meuse performing the National Anthem.
Scheduled VIP guests include Pittsburgh Steelers legendary running back and Hall of Famer Franco Harris, country music star Mark Collie, Rick Hendrick, NASCAR Vice Chairman Mike Helton, FOX NASCAR announcers Todd Bodine, Phil Parsons and Todd Bodine, and NASCAR drivers Denny Hamlin, Kyle Larson, Ricky Stenhouse Jr. and Clay Greenfield, among others.
Crow’s 10 studio albums have sold more than 35 million copies worldwide, seven of which charted Top 10 and five which were certified for Multi-Platinum sales. In addition, she lofted 40 singles into the Billboard Hot 100, Adult Top 40, Adult Contemporary, Mainstream Top 40 and Hot Country Songs charts, with more No. 1 singles in the Triple A listings than any other female artist. Crow has collaborated with many artists on special projects, including the Rolling Stones, Eric Clapton, Smokey Robinson, Willie Nelson and Tony Bennett.
Crow is known for her passionate support of multiple charities, including Stand Up To Cancer, The World Food Program, Feeding America, ADOPT A CLASSROOM, Stomp Out Bullying, The Elton John AIDS Foundation, MusicCares and many more. Her most recent studio album, “Threads,” was released in August 2019. For more information, visit www.SherylCrow.com
“Darrell and I are honored to mark the 10th anniversary of the WBCC this fall,” Michael Waltrip said. “Putting on an event of this magnitude takes so many people and so many hours, and the continued turnout we have both for volunteers and guests is evidence of the good this worthwhile cause brings. A huge ‘thanks’ to Sheryl Crow for being the latest set of helping hands.”
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