Charlie Daniels & Celebrity Guests Host Charity Benefit at The Palm in Nashville #CMchat


NASHVILLE, Tenn. (October 3, 2012) – Country music legend and Grand Ole Opry member Charlie Daniels, along with his wife Hazel and The Nashville Palm host “Charlie Daniels Scholarships for Heroes,” a charity event benefiting Sentinels of Freedom and veteran students of Lipscomb University, on Tuesday, October 9. They will be joined by special celebrity guests Sal Gonzales and Aaron Lewis.

The benefit, emceed by GAC’s Storme Warren, begins at 6:00 p.m. with a VIP cocktail reception, with doors opening and the silent auction beginning at 6:30 p.m.  The Palm will serve a signature “Surf & Turf” dinner at 7:00 p.m., followed by the program and live auction at 8:00 p.m.  Live art by Randall Hedden will be among the unique items featured.  Tickets are $250 per person.  Tables of 8 are available for $1,800, and VIP Tables are $5,000.  For tickets, contact Paige Dixon at (615) 742-3193 [email protected].

Special guest Mark Green MD FACEP will be honored that evening.  After graduating from West Point with a degree in business, Mark Green served as an infantry officer, eventually commanding a rifle company in the famed 82nd Airborne Division. While in command, his father’s life was saved by a surgeon, profoundly impacting him and leading him to seek a degree in medicine. Following his residency in emergency medicine Dr. Green was assigned as the flight surgeon for the 1st Battalion, 160th Special Operations Aviation Regiment (Airborne). There Mark served alongside some of the nation’s most elite warriors on two tours in Operation Iraqi Freedom and one in Operation Enduring Freedom. He participated in planning and providing medical coverage for some of OIF and OEF’s most covert operations. He is a recipient of the Bronze Star, The Air Medal with “V” device for Valor, The Air Medal, and the Combat Medical Badge. He is the Author of “A Night with Saddam” – A Special Ops Flight Surgeon’s Interview with Saddam Hussein on the night of his capture and the mission which led to their meeting.

About Charlie Daniels:
Charlie Daniels, known for his fiddle playing, is a music icon that has been performing and writing songs for more than five decades. He formed the Charlie Daniels Band in 1972, creating straightforward country music including the number one hit, “The Devil Went Down to Georgia.”  The CDB recently took a starring role in ESPN’s Monday Night Football “open” before the Peyton Manning & the Denver Broncos game in Georgia (Sept. 17).  The open featured Daniels’ ‘79 hit The Devil Went Down to Georgia with new lyrics tailored for this game.  Charlie will be honored with the Leadership Music Dale Franklin award along with music icons, Vince Gill and Randy Owen in Nashville (Oct. 17).  Daniels is the recipient of awards from The Country Music Association, The Academy of Country Music, and The Gospel Music Association.  He is a proud member of the Grand Ole Opry, the Musicians Hall of Fame and has been honored with a star on the Music City Walk of Fame.  Charlie Daniels continues to support Lipscomb University’s Veteran Programs including the Scholarship for Heroes with an annual benefit concert at Lipscomb’s Allen Area. In March 2012, special guests, actor Gary Sinise, Chris Young, Darryl Worley, and The Grascals joined Daniels to salute our veterans.

About Aaron Lewis:
Aaron Lewis’s 2011 debut solo release, Town Line, shot to #1 on Billboard’s Country Album Chart. His first solo single, “Country Boy” was certified Gold, earning him multiple CMA, ACM and CMT Music Award nominations; the video has been streamed over 15 million times to date. Lewis has recently been on the road – for the first time as a solo artist with a backing band – premiering songs from his forthcoming album, The Road, scheduled for release November 13, 2012, on Blaster Records via Warner Music Nashville. As the frontman for the multi-Platinum selling band Staind, Lewis is the songwriting and voice behind the most-played rock song of the past decade, “It’s Been Awhile,” in addition to three #1 hits and eight Top Ten singles. Lewis’s new single, “Endless Summer,” is currently climbing the country music charts. For up-to-date information on Aaron Lewis, visit

About Sal Gonzales:
Shortly after completing boot camp at Camp Pendleton, Sal Gonzales found himself on the front lines in Iraq. As a gunner behind a .50 caliber machine gun, Sal’s job quickly became protecting the welfare of his squad. During his short time on the front lines Sal’s Humvee was hit seven times by roadside bombs. The seventh time was a direct hit and during the explosion, Sal suffered a wound that resulted in an amputation of his lower left leg. Equally as difficult, Sal lost his good friend and Lieutenant, Matt Lynch. Sal regained consciousness stateside at the National Naval Medical Center in Bethesda, Maryland. After a total of 12 months of recovery Sal received his medical discharge. Since that time, Sal has resided in Nashville while honing his singing chops, writing songs and assisting fellow veterans on their personal roads to recovery. “Heroes” is the first and only song that Sal currently plays about his experience as a Marine at war. Sal most recently completed a five song EP to share with fans and industry folks alike. He remains focused on his music and building a following that appreciates him not for his military service, but for the quality of his music and the message of his songs.

About The Palm
For more than eight decades The Palm Restaurant, the nation’s classic American steak house, has proudly served huge cuts of prime beef and jumbo Nova Scotia lobsters cooked to perfection with service and atmosphere like nowhere else.  Known as the “place to see and be seen,” the famed walls of each Palm are adorned with the caricatures of celebrities, politicians and socialites who make up its impressive customer base.  Through four generations, the two families who opened the original Palm in 1926 in 1926 on the East Side of Manhattan have maintained co-ownership of the restaurant company.  The Palm currently has 27 restaurants in 25 cities across the United States and Mexico.

The Nashville Palm, which celebrates 12 years in Nashville this year, is located at 140 Fifth Avenue South at the Nashville Hilton Downtown, across the street from the Bridgestone Arena. Reservations are available by calling 615.742.7256.  The restaurant serves lunch Monday – Friday and dinner seven days a week. Hours of operation are 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. for lunch, and 3 p.m. to 11 p.m. for dinner Monday through Friday.  Hours of operation on Saturday are 5 p.m. to 11 p.m., and 5 p.m. to 10 p.m. on Sunday.   For reservations, call 615-742-7256 or visit

About Sentinels of Freedom
Our mission is to provide life-changing opportunities for men and women of the U.S. Armed Forces who have suffered severe injuries and need the support of grateful communities to realize their dreams.  Since 9/11, for every American who has died in battle, dozens more have survived, thanks to cutting edge military medical care. That means, unlike any other time in history, many more severely wounded are coming home, faced with the challenges of putting their lives back together.  Sentinels Of Freedom provides up to four years “life scholarships” to help vets become self- sufficient. Our vets are finding that once they’re released from the hospital, they face the everyday hardships of finding a home, continuing their education, or going to work to support their families. Every American faces the same difficulties, but in the vet’s case, the situation is made more difficult because of their sacrifice.  Sentinels succeeds because whole communities come forward to help. Local businesses and individuals not only give money, but also time, goods and services, housing and transportation. It is a way to say, “Welcome Home.” Ask yourself if you have room in your community to assist just one severely wounded or injured veteran.  For more information, visit

About Lipscomb University’s Yellow Ribbon program
In recognition of your selfless service since September 11, 2001, Lipscomb University is participating in the Yellow Ribbon Program at the highest level. That means free tuition for eligible military veterans and/or their families who wish to earn an undergraduate degree and the following master’s programs are offered tuition-free: accounting, business (evening MBA), counseling and psychology, education, exercise and nutrition science and theology or a graduate degree at greatly reduced tuition rate in conflict management, human resources, sustainable practice and the professional MBA. Lipscomb’s faculty, staff and administrators are committed to help you prepare for the next chapter of your life.  For more information, visit

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