One of the most legendary names in Nashville will grace the stage of Darrell and Michael Waltrip's Ninth Annual Waltrip Brothers' Charity Championship (WBCC) later this year. Country artist Clint Black will headline the Oct. 17 Champion's Dinner to kick off the two-day fundraiser benefitting Motor Racing Outreach (MRO).
Black's performance before 500 guests at The Factory in Franklin, Tenn., will open the WBCC, which, in just eight years, has raised nearly $3.5 million for MRO and various other charities. In one of the most storied careers in modern music, Black surged to superstardom as part of the fabled Class of '89, reaching No.1 with five-consecutive singles from his triple-platinum debut, "Killin' Time." He followed that up with the triple-platinum "Put Yourself in My Shoes," succeeded by a string of platinum and gold albums throughout the '90s.
"Michael and I are blessed to continue our annual run of having superstars entertain us at the WBCC Champion's Dinner," Darrell Waltrip said. "Clint Black has a long list of hits to his credit, and he will be performing some of those for us. So, come join Clint, Michael and me, and we'll kill some time together."
FOX NASCAR host Shannon Spake and MRO President Billy Mauldin will emcee the Champion's Dinner, once again provided by Outback Steakhouse. For the second consecutive year, widely acclaimed Christian group NewSong will open the evening with a performance.
The Champion's Dinner features a live and silent auction consisting of hundreds of autographed items from sports, music and entertainment icons. Among the auction items are several 18-wheeler Feed The Children trucks stocked with $120,000 of food, hygiene and personal items to be distributed in any location chosen by the winning bidder. Bidders may bid on the silent auction items from anywhere in the country via the Handbid app. After a little sleep, many of the guests return Thursday for the WBCC's "no mulligan" golf tournament at Vanderbilt Legends Club with a noon shotgun start featuring 144 golfers across a variety of skill levels.
In a break from the norm in the music business, Black wrote or co-wrote each of his more than three dozen chart hits, including "A Better Man," "Where Are You Now," "When My Ship Comes In," "A Good Run of Bad Luck," "Summer's Comin'," "Like the Rain" and "Nothin' But the Taillights." The aforementioned hits were part of a catalog that produced 22 No.1 singles and made Black one of the most successful singer/songwriters of the modern era across any genre.
In his esteemed career, Black has sold more than 20 million records, earned more than a dozen gold and platinum awards in the U.S. and Canada, landed nearly two dozen major awards and nominations, including more than a dozen GRAMMY nominations, and earned a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.
"I have the good fortune to participate in several fun events each year, but the Waltrip Brothers' Charity Championship truly is one of my favorites because it is so rewarding to see so many people come together for such a good cause," Michael Waltrip said. "The amount of work that goes into these two days each year is astounding, but everyone who works on this project will tell you the amount of help the WBCC provides to organizations like MRO is well more than worth it. A huge 'thanks' to Clint Black for making this year's edition even more special."
Tickets for the dinner and/or golf tournament are available at www.waltripbrothers.com.
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