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Helping A Hero Gala 2020

Richard Childress Honored with Helping A Hero Lee Greenwood Patriot Award

Richard Childress was honored last week as a 2020 recipient of the Helping A Hero Lee Greenwood Patriot Award. Childress was presented the honor for being a leader who has demonstrated outstanding patriotism and support for our military and veterans.

Along with Childress, Helping a Hero honored South Dakota Governor Kristi Noem, multi-platinum recording artist Michael W. Smith, GOYA Foods CEO Robert Unanue, and U.S. Congressman Bill Flores (TX-17) during an awards gala and fundraiser that successfully raised over $500,000 to build homes for wounded warriors in 2021.

Childress has a strong affinity for the U.S. Military. Over the years, he has visited troops overseas in Iraq, Bosnia and Germany. Along with his grandsons, Childress has visited wounded soldiers at the Walter Reed Army Medical Center. He has honored thousands of veterans on his team’s racecars over the years, and hosts hundreds of veterans for breakfast each month at his race shop.

Childress joins an elite list of Helping A Hero and Lee Greenwood award recipients, including Chuck and Gena Norris, Randy Travis, The Oak Ridge Boys, Kathie Lee Gifford, Roger Clemens, Congressman Dan Crenshaw, former President George W. Bush, Ambassador Nikki Haley, Dr. Robert Gates, General Tommy Franks, the late Herman Cain, and former First Lady Laura Bush.

Helping a Hero is a 501(c)(3) organization based in Texas that has awarded over 100 homes in 23 states to our most severely wounded warriors injured in the Global War on Terror. Helping a Hero is certified by the Better Business Bureau as a transparent and accountable charity and was also one of 12 charities selected by the BBB for the “Award of Distinction” in 2017.