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The Surprice of Trace Adkins

Country music star Trace Adkins surprises guests at Nashville-area Country Inns & Suites by CARLSON hotel

During his Hometown Tour Stop in Nashville, Adkins Greeted Guests Behind the Front Desk, Gave an Impromptu Holiday Performance and Joined the Carlson Family Foundation in Presenting a Donation to Wounded Warrior Project

NASHVILLE (December 11, 2014) - Today Grammy award-winning country music legend, Trace Adkins made an unexpected visit to a Country Inns & Suites By Carlson hotel in Cool Springs, Tenn. near Nashville for a surprise appearance and holiday performance for guests, hotel staff and veterans.
While in town for The Christmas Show 2014 tour stop in Nashville, Country Inns & Suites "hired" Adkins to help hotel staff during the busy holiday season, where he worked behind the front desk and gave a special holiday performance in the lobby.
Following Adkins' holiday performance to hotel guests, he joined the Carlson Family Foundation, in presenting a $50,000 donation to Wounded Warrior Project® (WWP) to help fund the organization's Economic Empowerment pillar that helps families of veterans achieve long-term financial stability through training, education and employment services.
"It feels great to be back home in Nashville today working with Country Inns & Suites staff, guests and Wounded Warrior Project," said Trace Adkins. "Being able to perform a short holiday show and help the Carlson Family Foundation present a donation to Wounded Warrior Project makes my time here even more special!"
"Wounded Warrior Project and programs within its Economic Empowerment pillar perfectly align with the foundation's dedication to training and workforce development," said David Nelson, executive director of Carlson Family Foundation. "The Carlson Family Foundation supports organizations like Wound Warrior Project who are committed to giving individuals the tools and training they need to be successful in today's workforce."
"This generous donation from the Carlson Family Foundation will help make a significant impact on the lives of the many veterans and their families," said Teresa Nichols, Manager of Major Gifts at Wounded Warrior Project, who accepted the donation today on behalf of the organization. "Last fiscal year we placed more than 1,900 injured service members in meaningful careers through our Warriors to Work program and this donation should help us meet our goal of placing 2,500 more warriors this year."
Additionally, as part of Country Inns & Suites' commitment to making guests feel at home and serving them with a kind and caring spirit, the Carlson Family Foundation is sponsoring Trace Adkins' on-stage Christmas tree giveaway throughout his current The Christmas Show 2014 tour. At each of his 26 tour performances, Adkins will donate the large Christmas tree from his stage set to a local charity.

About The Carlson Family Foundation

The Curtis L. Carlson Foundation was established in 1950, by its founder, Curtis L. Carlson. Later, the name was changed to the Carlson Family Foundation to extend the entire family in the founder's long-term philanthropic vision of giving back to the community which gave to him. The Carlson Family Foundation represents the commitment of the Carlson family to give charitably to humanitarian and community affairs. Through investments in education, mentoring, children and youth at risk, and youth mentoring, the Carlson Family Foundation actively participates in creating strong and healthy communities, and a competitive workforce.
The Carlson family owns Carlson, a global hospitality and travel company headquartered in Minneapolis, Minn. and is the parent company of Carlson Rezidor Hotel Group and Carlson Wagonlit Travel. Carlson Rezidor Hotel Group has more than 1,340 hotels in operation and under development including: Quorvus Collection, Radisson Blu®, Radisson®, Radisson Red, Park Plaza®; Park Inn® by Radisson and Country Inns & Suites By CarlsonSM.

About Wounded Warrior Project

Wounded Warrior Project® (WWP) has a vision of fostering the most successful, well-adjusted generation of wounded service members in our nation's history. To achieve this objective, WWP is committed to a lifetime of service and commitment through its mission: to honor and empower Wounded Warriors. WWP current serves more than 60,000 warriors and nearly 9,000 family members through its 20 unique programs and services. The purpose of WWP is to raise awareness and to enlist the public's aid for the needs of injured service members, to help injured servicemen and women aid and assist each other, and to provide unique, direct programs and services to meet their needs. WWP is a national organization headquartered in Jacksonville, Florida. To get involved and learn more, visit www.woundedwarriorproject.org.

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