Preparation is under way for the Sixth Annual Waltrip Brothers’ Charity Championship (WBCC) in October, and this year’s edition features one of country music’s most beloved sons, two-time Grammy Award winner Travis Tritt, headlining the Champion’s Dinner on Wednesday, Oct. 21.
In addition, one of NASCAR’s most beloved sons, Bryson Byrnes, will be in attendance as the two-day fundraiser in Franklin, Tennessee, benefits the Byrnes Memorial Fund, Feed the Children and Motor Racing Outreach (MRO). Bryson is the son of late FOX NASCAR broadcaster Steve Byrnes, who lost his courageous battle with cancer in late April. The Byrnes Memorial Fund was established at Charlotte Christian School in Steve’s honor to help fulfill his wish that Bryson, 12, continue his education and play football at the school.
The NFL on FOX’s Terry Bradshaw will emcee Darrell and Michael Waltrip’s Champion’s Dinner Presented by CapWealth Financial at The Factory in Franklin alongside his co-hosts, FOX NASCAR analyst Jeff Hammond and Miss Sprint Cup Julianna White. Outback Steakhouse has partnered with the WBCC this year and is catering the 500-person Champion’s Dinner. Thursday’s "no mulligan" golf tournament at Vanderbilt Legends Club completes the second day of the Waltrip Brothers’ Charity Championship.
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Tritt, currently amidst a nationwide tour to promote his latest album, "The Calm After …," was inducted into the Grand Ole Opry in 1992 and is a three-time Country Music Association (CMA) Award winner. A musician whose country music is known for its Southern rock, gospel and blues influences, Tritt recently released to critical acclaim a cover of Patty Smyth and Don Henley’s "Sometimes Love Just Ain’t Enough," a duet with his daughter, Taylor Reese Tritt.
"There are a lot of great country songs and country singers, but Travis Tritt is one of my all-time favorites," Darrell Waltrip said. "He worked on our pit crew back in the day, and it’s just great to have him back on the team. It’s also terrific to have Terry Bradshaw with the microphone. He brought the house down just as a guest last year and helped us raise a lot of money for some great causes. Imagine what he’ll do as emcee. And finally, I can’t thank Outback Steakhouse enough. They’re lending a huge helping hand by grilling steaks and catering for 500 people. Can you imagine feeding that many people?!"
Already confirmed for either the Champion’s Dinner or golf tournament are NASCAR drivers Denny Hamlin, Clint Bowyer and Ricky Stenhouse Jr.; American Idol Season 4 runner-up Bo Bice; American Idol Season 13 winner Caleb Johnson; American Idol Season 13 finalists Ben Briley, Spencer Lloyd and Jessica Meuse (fourth-place finalist); two-time NASCAR Camping World Truck Series champion and FOX NASCAR analyst Todd Bodine; FOX NASCAR reporter Hermie Sadler; and FOX NASCAR analyst Kenny Wallace. One-hundred forty-four golfers will hit the links Thursday at noon at the course co-designed by Hall of Fame golfer Tom Kite and renowned golf course architect Bob Cupp.
"I grew up listening to Travis Tritt," Michael Waltrip said. "I listened to his music for so long before we ever met that I felt like we were best buddies the first time we were introduced and hung out. This is like a homecoming for me. When I heard Travis is headlining the Waltrip Brothers’ Charity Championship, all I could think was ‘It’s a great day to be alive; the sun’s still shining when I close my eyes.’"
A variety of sports and entertainment stars also will be on-hand at the 500-person Champion’s Dinner that features a live and silent auction. Numerous autographed items from sports, music and entertainment legends are available during the silent and live auction.
Last year’s WBCC was the most successful to-date, raising $450,000 for MRO, Feed the Children and Tucker’s House. In just five years, the event, founded by Darrell and Michael Waltrip, has raised nearly $1.5 million for charity. Tickets for the dinner and/or golf tournament are available at www.waltripbrothers.com. For further information, please visit WBCC on Facebook at Waltrip Brothers’ Charity Championship or follow on Twitter at @WaltripBrothers.