Kix Brooks Helps Preserve Civil War Battlefield With Big Donation
Christmas might still be a few weeks away, but Kix Brooks is already in a giving mood. The singer-songwriter recently donated $10,000 to the Battle of Franklin Trust, to help preserve the historic Civil War site.
Brooks' donation goes toward the preservation of a 1.6-acre piece of land in Franklin, Tenn., just south of the famed Carter Museum. The site is where the Battle of Franklin was fought during the Civil War, marking one of the worst losses of the war for the Confederacy, including 14 generals and 55 regimental commanders.
The trust is hoping to purchase the land for $2.8 million and turn it into a 20-acre park. A Facebook page, Save the Battlefield at Franklin, shared the good news.
"Today we received a $10,000 check toward the Carter Hill Battlefield Park project from none other than Kix Brooks!!!!!" they write. "We are another step closer to saving the next two parcels of battlefield property adjacent to the Carter House!!"
Park supporters signed a contract in May to purchase the property from its current owners, the Lovell family. Chief Executive Officer of the Battle of Franklin Trust Eric Jacobson says they are getting closer to receiving the purchase price.
“We’re probably getting close to half a million dollars,” he tells Nashville's Tennessean. “Our goal all along has been to try to get $1 million. We can get a loan for the rest if we need to, but if we get to $1 million, we’re probably good.”
Brooks' generous gift is further proof that he is a worthwhile recipient of the inaugural CMA Foundation Humanitarian Award, which he will receive early next year. The honor goes to a country music professional who has served as a humanitarian through community leadership, financial support, personal volunteerism and advocacy.
“It’s embarrassing to be singled out in such a giving community,” Brooks says. “It’s easy to look around and be inspired by people who do more. I’ll keep trying -- this is very special.”