The Country Radio Broadcasters announced that country legend Tracy Lawrence will be the recipient of the 2023 Country Radio Seminar (CRS) Artist Humanitarian Award.
This award comes well deserved to Lawrence after his many years of dedication to service and philanthropy through his charity, Mission: Possible. Mission: Possible was founded in 2006 and focuses on lifting up the homeless and hungry population in Middle Tennessee.
The award will be presented at the New Faces of Country Music Show on Wednesday, March 15, during CRS 2023. Lawrence will accept the honor alongside Brent Michaels, who will be receiving the 2023 Tom Rivers Humanitarian Award.
“I am overwhelmed with gratitude for being honored by the Country Radio Broadcasters,” shared Lawrence. “The success of Mission: Possible, each year surpassing our previous donation records, is nothing short of a blessing. Giving back has always been a calling for me and to be acknowledged for that by such a long-standing and respected organization is truly an honor.”
“We commend both Humanitarian Award winners for deep and personal commitments to their cause,” said Beverlee Brannigan, CRS/CRB Board member and Chairwoman of the CRS Awards Committee, about this year’s two honorees. “Tracy Lawrence’s and Brent Michaels’ contributions go far beyond simply lending their names or influence. Each has devoted personal time, talents and resources over a significant period of time. The results of their initiatives have improved lives in their communities. We are beyond proud to recognize Tracy and Brent’s efforts at CRS 2023.”
Committed To Helping The Homeless
Through his dedication to philanthropic endeavors in helping the homeless in Nashville, Lawrence was an obvious choice for this honor. Over the course of the last seventeen years, Mission: Possible has raised over 2 million dollars for charities committed to ending the homelessness problem in Middle Tennessee.
In 2022, Lawrence personally donated a substantial amount of money to 14 different organizations, along with his successful fundraising events. Lawrence’s annual Turkey Fry and Benefit Concert always features country music’s hottest stars and has made over 73,000 meals for those in need since the event was started. In more recent years, Lawrence began the Mission: Possible Celebrity Golf Classic, this event features country stars and golf pros who step up to participate in this event. That event has raised $850,000 in only its first two years and has no signs of stopping its growth.
The CRB Artist Humanitarian Award was created in 1990 by the organization’s board of trustees, and “honors a Country artist whose philanthropic efforts have significantly improved the effectiveness and impact of the causes they support. This individual not only lends their name and influence but also dedicates their time, talent and resources.”
Recipients in years past of the Artist Humanitarian Award have included Jason Aldean, Luke Bryan, Kenny Chesney, Blake Shelton, Dierks Bentley, Zac Brown, Lady Antebellum, Carrie Underwood, Rascal Flatts, Tim McGraw and Faith Hill, Trace Adkins, Randy Owen, Toby Keith, and Brad Paisley, among others.