LEXINGTON, N.C. — Childress Vineyards was the backdrop for the 2023 Lee Greenwood Patriot Awards Dinner Tuesday night. Several lifetime achievement accolades handed out for patriotism and veteran assistance. Those honored included Grammy Award winner Lee Greenwood, Richard Childress Racing Chairman & CEO Richard Childress, and Bass Pro Shops Founder & CEO Johnny Morris. Proceeds from this event helped fund Helping a Hero, who strive to assist post-9/11 severely wounded warriors with the Wounded Hero Home Program, emergency needs program, and other support programs. Three veterans in attendance were surprised with a new adaptive home. Plans are already in motion to construct new adaptive homes for veterans in need in Arkansas, Missouri, N.C., S.C., Ohio, Texas, Nebraska, Florida, Pa., Idaho, and Kansas. “It’s like a big warm hug that we give them,” said 2012 X Factor winner Tate Stevens. “Just to watch their faces and their family’s faces light up, there’s nothing better.”
“I would like to salute Lee Greenwood and Helping A Hero for their work building homes for severely wounded warriors. Please join us as we raise funds to help even more of our heroes regain their independence by receiving an adapted home,” said Richard Childress. Aldo unveiled at this event was the special patriotic paint scheme that Childress’ grandson Austin Dillon will run on the No. 3 Chevrolet in this weekend’s Coca-Cola 600 at Charlotte Motor Speedway.