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20 Apr 11 Smiles Charity Concert to Feature Uncle Kracker

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(Editor's Note: The following news release comes to us from Smiles Charity in McKinney. Every year, their work through Habitat for Humanity helps put people in homes. And every year, they say a big “thank you” to their supporters by hosting a Memorial Day weekend concert.) The 2011 Smiles Charity Concert and Festival will be held Sunday May 29th 5:00-10:00 pm at the Adriatica outdoor concert venue and will feature country star Uncle Kracker. Joining Uncle Kracker on stage will be local favorite the Maylee Thomas Band and Stars Go Dim, an up and coming band that recently opened for the GooGoo Dolls in Los Angeles. The Memorial Day concert event will also have a flyover by WWII era planes, a kids area with bounce houses, games, and activities, local food and drink vendors, a tribute to fallen military heroes, and a spectacular fireworks display at its conclusion. The announcement of Uncle Kracker as the headliner was made official on 97.5 KLAK, the radio station of Collin County playing today’s hits and yesterdays favorites. KLAK, an active supporter of Smiles Charity and its mission, along with Raytheon, Crest Auto Group, Dr. Buchanan Orthodontics, Torchmark and Simpson Strong-Tie make the concert event possible. Their support allows Smiles Charity to organize an event to draw thousands together for a great cause. In 2011, the goal of the Smiles Charity concert is to raise awareness of the need for affordable housing by severely wounded soldiers returning from war.

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ome from a deeply thankful nation, and the Smiles Charity Concert and Festival will provide the opportunity for those who want to say thank you to make a difference in a soldier's life. While admission is free, Smiles Charity will be accepting donations throughout the event to help build homes for severely wounded veterans. Cash and credit cards will be accepted for all donations as well as concessions, and a small $5 entrance fee for the kids area. Specifically, net proceeds from the 2011 concert will help build mortgage-free homes for Levi Wilson and Alan Hornaday, both of whom were left disabled after sustaining injuries while serving their country in Iraq. Additionally, during the concert event, Smiles Charity will honor two local fallen heroes, Brandon Bury and Cody Board, who made the ultimate sacrifice in 2010 while serving in Afghanistan. Supporters are encouraged to volunteer during the concert as hundreds of volunteers are needed to make the concert and festival a safe and successful event. This year’s event will have a special need for active and retired military members to volunteer in uniform. Please register to volunteer at and click on the volunteer tab. Celebrate Memorial Day in McKinney on Sunday May 29th to enjoy this family friendly concert event which gives those who attend the chance to thank America’s military heroes with a generous donation. Feel free to bring blankets and lawn chairs, but coolers and pets are not allowed.

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