Tracy Lawrence & Friends Cook Thanksgiving for Homeless
A little rain couldn't prevent friends and fans from flocking to the Nashville Rescue Mission Tuesday, November 23, to support Tracy Lawrence and his annual Mission Possible Turkey Fry event. For the fifth straight year, Tracy raised money and awareness -- and cooked up dozens of deep-fried turkeys -- to ensure homeless people in middle Tennessee get a Thanksgiving meal to remember.
"This event started off real small, just for friends and family, but over the years it's spread to be a great event of people gathering to help each other out," Tracy tells The Boot. "People enjoy the fellowship and the camaraderie of it. It's something that really drives a lot of awareness to the mission. It brings a lot of folks food and a lot of other things throughout the year. It's great to find something unique and different to be a part of. We were a little late getting started today because of the weather, but we still had a lot of folks here first thing this morning getting soaking wet and putting things together."
Burns & Poe, Matt Gary, LoCash Cowboys, The Roys, Lorrie Morgan, Danielle Peck, GAC's Suzanne Alexander, Bo Bice, Chelsea Field, Jett Williams, Lathan Moore, Glen Templeton and the Tennessee Titans Cheerleaders were among the stars who came out to support their friend and a great cause.
"Any time you can give back, that's a big thing," Keith Burns of Burns & Poe tells The Boot. "We got the opportunity to come out here, help out the mission and feed some people. Any time we get the opportunity to help out, we do it. It makes us feel as good as it makes them feel."
"When they asked if we wanted to do this, it was a no brainer ... of course we wanted to," Lee Roy of The Roys tells The Boot.
"I'm glad that the rain went away or held out," adds Elaine Roy. "We're just glad to help out and be a part of this great cause."
Light House Charity Team, a non-profit organization out of Friendswood, Texas, was also on hand to donate the cooking oil and help accomplish the goal of frying over 500 turkeys with their equipment set up to cook 12 birds at once.
"We do fundraising for other non-profit organizations," Light House Vice President Scott Gordon tells The Boot. "We don't do catering and we don't do cook-offs; we do fundraisers for medical patients, boy scouts, girl scouts, churches, chambers or anyone who needs help ... someone who might be a little down on their luck or someone who might have medical issues who can't afford to pay out of pocket. We go in and try to raise money to help them recover and show them that there are some people out there who really do care."
Last year, the Mission Possible turkey fry raised nearly $15,000, with more than 500 birds cooked and served. For more information on the Nashville Rescue Mission or to make a donation to the cause, visit their website by clicking here.