Kellie Pickler Honored with Warrior Award from USO of North Carolina

KP-1Kellie Pickler receives the Heart for the Warrior Award at the USO of North
Carolina's Ninth Annual Salute to Freedom Gala in Raleigh, N.C. on Oct.
Kellie Pickler was presented with the
Heart for the Warrior Award from the USO of North Carolina on Saturday, Oct. 19
at the Ninth Annual Salute to Freedom Gala in Raleigh, N.C.  The award is given to those who, through their
selfless service and contributions, continuously lift the spirits of the troops
and their families.
Pickler, an Albemarle, N.C. native, participated in her first USO tour in
2007. Since then, she has performed for more than 30,000 troops stationed in
eight different countries.

“I am so honored to be here,” said Pickler during her acceptance speech. “I
am so blessed to have such a beautiful friendship with the people that make up
the USO.  I come from a military family.
I've always had a great deal of respect for our service men and women. I work a
lot with the USO, I love working with them. We've been able to do so many tours
overseas. To be in a position where you can take a little piece of home to your
service men and women, why would you not do that? They need to know we have
their back because they have ours.”
The Gala honored service members and people from the community who support
America’s military heroes. As part of the evening’s festivities, the USO of
North Carolina held a live auction which included a signed guitar from Pickler.
The winning bidder was Frank Stewart, who paid $4,900 for the guitar.  In total, the Live Auction raised
The Black River Entertainment recording artist will release her fourth
album, The Woman I Am, on Nov.
11.  The album, which features her
current single, “Little Bit Gypsy,” is available now for pre-sale orders at
Pickler will also perform on “CMA Country Christmas,” which will tape in
Nashville at the Bridgestone Arena on Nov. 8 and is scheduled to air on the ABC
Television Network on Dec. 2.
[Photographer: Jess Isaiah Levin]
KP-2Kellie Pickler poses with Frank Stewart, who won
her signed guitar during the Live Auction at the USO of North Carolina's Ninth
Annual Salute to Freedom Gala in Raleigh, N.C. on Oct. 19.  Stewart's winning
bid for the guitar was $4,900.
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