Jimmie Johnson hosts benefit concert for soldiers

Jimmie Johnson hosts benefit concert for soldiers

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by NewsChannel 36 Staff

WCNC.com

Posted on May 21, 2010 at 10:43 AM

Updated Friday, May 21 at 10:58 AM

CHARLOTTE, N.C. -- NASCAR driver Jimmie Johnson hosted a special concert Thursday night in support of the Lowe's USO Family Fund.

Musical artist Darius Rucker performed the concert, which was held at the Fillmore.

"I've been a huge fan of his over the years," Johnson said of Rucker.

Phil Parisi of the United Service Organizations said the goal of the Family Fund is to create enhanced family programming for soldiers.

Johnson said he was happy to give back during NASCAR's All-Star week.

"It means a lot to all of us and I think it's really big for the city to have the race here in town," Johnson said. "Drivers and almost everyone knows this is a big opportunity to be home and wine and dine some folks to show our appreciation to the fans."

Soldiers at the concert were also appreciative of Johnson's support.

"It means a lot for somebody of that stature to take the time out to say, 'Hey man, we appreciate you.' It means a lot to soldiers like myself," said U.S. Army Staff Sgt. Thaddius Bright.

The concert will be broadcast on the SPEED Channel at 7 p.m. on May 29, 2010, the night before the Coca-Cola 600 at Charlotte Motor Speedway.

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