Monday, November 12, 2007
– Tracy Byrd, Mark Chesnutt and Zona Jones announced they will host a three-day-long series of charity events called the Beaumont Boys Bash in April 2008. The festivities are an extension of Byrd's Homecoming Weekend, which had been an annual event until 2005, when it was cancelled due to lingering damage from Hurricane Rita.
For a decade, the annual Texas event raised over a million dollars for children's charities in Byrd's hometown. Proceeds from the golf/fishing/music weekend resulted in the Tracy Byrd Hyperbaric Medicine and Wound Care Center at a local children's hospital.
Byrd said the event will no longer be "my work, but rather our work," referring to Chesnutt and Jones.
The festivities will be held April 25-27 and will raise money for Children's Miracle Network in Beaumont, Netcasters Youth Ministries, The Garth House, Boys' and Girls' Haven and the Southeast Texas Humane Society.
The Bash will include a Wild Game and Casino Night hosted by Chesnutt at Ford Arena, a Big Bass Tournament hosted by Byrd at Lake Sam Rayburn, a golf tournament at Bayou Din Golf Club hosted by Jones. A concert at Ford Pavilion featuring all three singers plus another, yet-to-be-determined headliner also will be held.
On Tuesday, Byrd will be in Washington, D.C., to take part in Wal-Mart's "Operation: Deck the Walls" program that will kickoff at the Walter Reed Army Medical Center (WRAMC). Byrd will have the honor of providing some entertainment and holiday cheer to local military families currently residing in the Fisher House at WRAMC. Fisher Houses are built on the grounds of major military and VA medical centers and enable family members to be close to a loved one during hospitalization.