Last weekend, Craig Morgan hosted his annual hometown fundraiser for the Dickson County Craig Morgan Foundation that included a golf tournament & festival in downtown Dickson, TN. “I’m all about this town,” Morgan says. “It’s where we live, where we’re from we want to try to give back to the town as much as we can, and I think it’s important that we utilize the rest of the town to do that.”
Funds from this year’s event were allocated towards building a home called “Billy’s Place,” which will function as a short term shelter for children in the period of transition between being moved out of their home and placed with a foster family. Morgan explains that children “were bouncing around a lot” before being secured with a foster home. We wanted to alleviate that, so that we could minimize the trauma being placed on these kids.”
After the event, the foundation will have raised around $300,000 going towards the first of many children’s shelters around the nation. “Hopefully the template of what we do will be able to be utilized around the country,” he says.
Morgan capped off the day of giving with an incredible headlining show. Kicking off his set with the seasonally appropriate “International Harvester,” Morgan’s hearty voice cut through the crisp fall night air filling the quaint streets of Downtown Dickson.
Fitting for the setting, Morgan kept an emphasis on family and community throughout the night. Before launching into his latest single “When I’m gone,” he told the crowd, “My dad, who’s a great man, has taught me a lot about how to live my life. That’s what this song is all about. It’s not about being gone, it’s about how you live while you’re here.”
Just as Morgan’s father had a profound influence on him, his own musical ability has rubbed off on his daughter, Aly. In the middle of his set, she took the spotlight to perform an uptempo sassy song that she penned alongside Kelsea Ballerini and Ruthie Collins.
Before closing out the evening with his rowdy hit “Bonfire,” Morgan showed his continued commitment to the town by presenting the Child Advocacy Center with a $5,000 donation to support their work serving abused and neglected children and their families.