The second annual Concert in the Country has come and gone, but not without leaving its mark on Boots For Troops, and the military community. The night was filled with superior music talent entertaining roughly 1,200 attendees. Musical acts included the Mike Donnell Band, Jake Worthington, Josh Ward and headliner multi-platinum selling artist Mark Wills.
This year’s concert set a record for Boots For Troops biggest single night of fundraising, totaling just north of $56,000 dollars. Green Zone Housing, a Montgomery county organization will receive $16,500 of the fundraising to go towards their mission of housing homeless and displaced veterans. Boots For Troops will also allocate a portion of the money raised towards their hurricane Harvey relief efforts and the rest will go towards Boots For Troops Care Package Program and their efforts to bring service members home to their hometowns for the holidays.
Other notable moments during the concert. Opening act Mike Donnell interrupted Mark Wills set just three songs in to propose to his longtime girlfriend Morgan. The proposal was one to remember for a lifetime. Mike expressed that Mark Wills hit song “I do” is one of Morgan’s favorite songs of all time. The moment sure caused a lot of tears in the audience. Morgan said YES!
Another powerful moment was on stage when Boots For Troops President, Jimmy Rogers shared his story about meeting Cayla Pittman. Her husband is in the Army National Guard and currently deployed in Saudi Arabia. Mrs. Pittman shared that her and her two kids, both special needs were hit hard by hurricane Harvey and were displaced from their home. The hurricane caused major flooding in their home, and the house needed major repairs. Mrs. Pittman was losing hope, but after being connected to Boots For Troops her hope was quickly renewed when the organization pledged to help the Pittman family recover from the storm damage. Prior to the Concert in the Country Boots For Troops had already donated $5,000 dollars to have the demolition work on the home complete. At the Concert, on stage Boots For Troops presented Mrs. Pittman with a check for $13,000 to completely finish the necessary work on their home. Home Depot has agreed to donate $6,000 in materials for the project. It was a special moment, and one that really touched the hearts of all in attendance. Mr. Pittman is set to return home from his deployment later this month.
Boots For Troops and Green Zone housing would like to thank everyone who attended the 2nd annual Concert in the Country. It is the American people who donate their hard-earned money to help us full fill our mission. Also, a very special thanks to the concert sponsors. Keating Nissan/Honda, Halford Busby Construction Consultants, Boot Barn, Pinnacle Control Group, Accuworx, Whiskey River Houston, Tomball Napa, Turf- Co, Rotork, Kim Rathmann, Magnolia Towing, Arise Equipment, DRW, Deitra Robertson Real Estate, Nancy Hamilton & Chip Babcock, Tomball Ready Mix, Woodforest Roofing, Tomball Ford, United Rentals, Generator Supercenter, ServePro, Bar Solutions and Residence Inn.