Granger Smith Raises More Than $20,000 Through 3rd Annual Boot Walk
Funds from the 100-mile Boot Walk and Celebration Concert to Benefit Military Through the National Nonprofit, The Boot Campaign.
Austin, TX (April 23, 2013) – Country music artist Granger Smith raised more than $20,000 through his 3rd Annual 100- Mile Boot Walk and Celebration Concert http://BootWalk.com. Over the course of 5 days (April 7th – 11th), Granger walked 100 miles in combat boots as his patriotic expression of appreciation for the service of the brave men and women in the U.S. Armed Forces. Understanding that these service members can face very real issues when adjusting to life after the military, often times with physical and emotional combat injuries, Granger walks to not only honor them, but to raise awareness and support.
Band mates, active duty military, veterans, and proud patriots joined Smith on his journey from south Austin to Fort Hood. All funds raised through will benefit the national nonprofit, the Boot Campaign, which is dedicated to showing tangible appreciation for our active military, raising awareness of the challenges they face upon return and supporting their transition home.
To celebrate the completion of the 3rd Annual Boot Walk, Smith hosted a free concert on April 11th at Fort Hood Harley Davidson. James Lann, Kimberly Dunn and Granger Smith entertained the crowd of hundreds, mainly soldiers from nearby Fort Hood. During the Boot Walk Celebration Concert, the Boot Campaign presented 26 safety vests to the Fort Hood Motorcycle Safety Program. In the year since the Motorcycle Safety Program began at Fort Hood, there has not been a single motorcycle related casualty among its participants. In 2012, the Boot Campaign donated 100 safety vests to this program.
Funds raised through the 3rd Annual Boot Walk will directly support military, past and present, through the Boot Campaign’s five assistance initiatives—Housing, Jobs, Wellness, Urgent Assistance and Family Support.
Thank you to Boot Walk 2013 Sponsors: Wild Turkey Bourbon, Ranch Hand, Troop Fuel, and Fort Hood Harley Davidson.
**Photos are available upon request.**
Texas born-and-bred singer/songwriter, Granger Smith, continues to reinvent the face of traditional country music. His consistency in providing powerful, heartfelt, blended hits have made him into a fan and critic favorite over the years. Granger’s ninth studio album, Dirt Road Driveway, released on April 16, 2013 and impressively debuted at #1 on the iTunes Country chart. The album features the Top Five hit, “We Do It In A Field” as well as the brand new summer anthem, “Silverado Bench Seat.” Granger’s passion for our troops has taken him on multiple tours in the Middle East, as well as lead to his founding of the annual 100-Mile Walk, which raises awareness of our soldiers needs as they return home. The 2013 100-Mile Walk took place April 7-11 and served as a kick-off event for the new album and tour. He boasts eight Top Ten singles on the Texas Music Charts and has been featured artist in Billboard’s weekly “Bubbling Under” column, which highlights artists who are making their way towards Billboard chart success. Granger launched a country boy alter-ego,Earl Dibbles Jr., who has found his own success with “The Country Boy Song” and more recently, “Country Boy Love.” Dibbles is now part of Granger’s tour schedule and boasts more than 5.2 million views on YouTube for his viral videos. Granger and Earl have a captive audience on Facebook and Twitter that exceeds 325,000 followers. For more info on Granger, including his music and upcoming tour dates, please visit www.grangersmith.com and www.earldibblesjr.com.
The Boot Campaign is a national 501c3 patriotic movement that is dedicated to showing tangible appreciation of our active military, raising awareness of the challenges they face upon return and supporting their transition home. Through the sale of its signature military combat boots, general public donations, and corporate sponsorship, the Boot Campaign operates five distinct initiatives — Housing, Jobs, Wellness, Urgent Assistance and Family Support– that are caring for military personnel, past and present, healing from a variety of physical and emotional combat wounds, embodying the campaign motto that, “When They Come Back, We Give Back”. www.BootCampaign.com