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Country music entertainer, military veteran, award-winning TV host and philanthropist Craig Morgan has been selected as the recipient of the 2015 AutoZone Liberty Bowl’s Outstanding Achievement Award. Each year, this award is presented in recognition of excellence in the field of music and entertainment, as well as service to the community. Morgan will receive the award at the President’s Gala at the Peabody Hotel at 7pm on January 1, 2016. Past recipients include Danny Thomas, Elvis Presley, B.B. King, Lou Rawls, Clint Black, Little Richard, Alabama, The Beach Boys, LeAnn Rimes, The O’Jays, KC & The Sunshine Band, The Temptations and Big & Rich.
Morgan will be the headline honoree at the President’s Gala Dinner Dance and star in the AutoZone Liberty Bowl’s halftime spectacular on January 2, 2016. The AutoZone Liberty Bowl game will kick off at 2:20pm.
Morgan is a Tennessee native with a long history of serving his community and country. He spent 10.5 years on active duty with the U.S. Army as a member of the 101st and 82nd Airborne Divisions, then an additional 6.5 years in the Army Reserves. In 2006 he received the USO Merit Award for his tireless support of U.S. soldiers and their families. In addition, Morgan has served as a First Responder, sheriff’s deputy and EMT.
Morgan recently returned from his 12th trip overseas to entertain U.S. troops. He also teamed up with MoonPie to recognize our American heroes serving abroad. More than 35,000 MoonPies were sent to USO Centers across the country as a “thank you” to our soldiers. Morgan continues his commitment to the Troops at home in the U.S. He has participated in all 20 Jack Daniel’s “Toast To The Troops” events which assemble thousands of care packages for our troops serving overseas.
In addition to his many years of serving others, Morgan also has a lifelong love of hunting and all things outdoors which is on display in the award-winning, sixth season of “Craig Morgan: All Access Outdoors” on Outdoor Channel.
Morgan, a proud member of the Grand Ole Opry since 2008, is widely known for his massive hit songs, including: “This Ole Boy”, ”Almost Home”, “Redneck Yacht Club”, “That’s What I Love About Sunday”, “Little Bit of Life”, “Wake Up Lovin’ You”, “International Harvester” and “Bonfire”. The Black River Entertainment recording artist recently released brand new music, “When I’m Gone”, to country radio. The single is available at iTunes and all other digital retailers.
For tickets to the AutoZone Liberty Bowl President’s Gala or the AutoZone Liberty Bowl Football Classic, call the AutoZone Liberty Bowl at (901) 795-7700 or visit www.AutoZoneLibertyBowl.org.