Superstar Duo Florida Georgia Line and The Independence Fund, team up for a special event benefitting a wounded veteran
Superstar Duo Florida Georgia Line and The Independence Fund, team up for a special event benefitting a wounded veteran on April 27, 2017 at the North Charleston Coliseum in Charleston, SC.
The Independence Fund, a leading national veterans organization, in connection with superstar duo Florida Georgia Line are teaming up to benefit the life of a wounded veteran. Prior to FGL’s headline DIG YOUR ROOTS tour stop on Thursday April 27, 2017 in Charleston, SC Brian Kelley and Tyler Hubbard will be presenting Staff Sergeant Mark Lalli an all-terrain Track Chair. This special chair allows wounded veterans the ability regain mobility and independence.
What: Florida Georgia Line/Independence Fund Track Chair Presentation
When: April 27, 2017 – 7pm
Location: North Charleston Coliseum, Charleston, SC
Contacts: Josh Grossman – The Independence Fund (310)-383-1771
Staff Sergeant Mark Lalli joined the Army Reserve in 2002 at the age of 17. As a high school sophomore at the time, he needed his parent signature to join, but wanted to serve his country following the terror attacks of September 11. After graduating from high school, Lalli transferred to active duty and would serve as a UH-60 Black Hawk crew chief.
In December 2005, Lalli deployed to Iraq for a one year tour. After returning home for a few months, he would again deploy, but this time to Romania on a training tour. Just two weeks after this tour ended his crew was participating in a joint training exercise in Italy when his aircraft had a malfunction and was unable to recover. During the crash Lalli’s crew lost 6 of the 11 service members onboard, and would suffer numerous injuries that would lead to his medical retirement from service in 2010.
Since his time in the military, Lalli has started working on an equine farm that assists other veterans through rides, mental health exercises, and retreats. He discovered his love for equine therapy while going through the same therapies that he now assists with.
Spending more time on the equine farm and on his own land is important for Lalli, which is why he applied for an all-terrain chair from The Independence Fund in February of 2016.
“My wife and I live on an acre of land,” said Lalli. “I am looking forward to getting out and spending time on the land with my dog, and down the line with children.”
“We love FGL,” Lalli added. “We bought tickets for a show back in summer of 2015, but we got married, and were on our honeymoon when the concert took place, so we missed the show. We are very excited to see them for the first time.”
“As the development director for the Independence Fund, we are thrilled to team up with Florida Georgia Line to change the life of a wounded veteran,” said Sarah Verardo. “As the wife of a catastrophically wounded war veteran, I know firsthand how much these track chairs can change a family’s life, and we are honored to continue to help men and women regain their mobility.”
About the Independence Fund:
The Independence Fund (www.independencefund.org) is a 501(c) 3 organization. Donations to the Fund are tax-deductible and help provide injured troops with the tools, therapies and guidance that they might not otherwise receive. Independence Fund has distributed more than $20M in grants and services to qualifying veterans including track chairs, custom cycles, and retreats for the veteran family.
About Florida Georgia Line:
FGL’s musical evolution DIG YOUR ROOTS propelled the history-making duo to #1 on the all-genre Billboard Artist 100 and Country Albums charts, delivering the 2x PLATINUM-certified lead single “H.O.L.Y.” [#1 on Billboard Hot Country Songs Chart for 18 straight weeks]; GOLD-certified hit “May We All” featuring Tim McGraw [12th #1 overall as artists]; and current standout “God, Your Mama, And Me” featuring Backstreet Boys. Following a successful sold-out trek last year that broke attendance records, played to over one million fans and featured headline-grabbing guest appearances, FGL continues to dominate on the road with their nationwide DIG YOUR ROOTS TOUR, including Dustin Lynch and Chris Lane along with Ryan Follese, Seth Ennis and Morgan Wallen on select dates. FGL will team up with BSB this summer on their first-ever headline stadium stops at Boston’s Fenway Park, Minneapolis’ Target Field and Chicago’s Wrigley Field. Also enlisting Hip-Hop icon Nelly and Lane, the dates are part of FGL’s genre-busting THE SMOOTH TOUR 2017, which kicks off on June 2. Bursting with first-rate reviews of their explosive live shows, MusicRow Magazine praised, “Just in case you’ve forgotten, Florida Georgia Line is one of the hottest country acts alive.” The superstar duo continues to crush records as the first and only Country act to achieve RIAA’s DIAMOND certification (10 million copies sold) for their breakout smash “Cruise,” which holds the record for the longest #1 on Billboard’s Hot Country Songs chart and is the best-selling digital country single of all time (SoundScan). Since introducing their breakout vibes in 2012, FGL has earned prestigious honors from the AMA, ACM Awards, CMA Awards, Billboard Music Awards and CMT and is currently nominated for six Billboard Music Awards, airing live on May 21 on ABC. Their previous BMLG Records releases – 2X PLATINUM debut HERE’S TO THE GOOD TIMES and PLATINUM ANYTHING GOES – have attributed to sales surpassing 26 million tracks and more than 3.5 million albums worldwide. Fueled by fresh inspiration, they have also launched publishing company Tree Vibez Music and introduced Old Camp Peach Pecan Whiskey. For more on FGL, visit FloridaGeorgiaLine.com.