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Toast to the Troops

Jack Daniels celebrated its 19th Toast to the Troops event with the help of famous country singer, Craig Morgan

Volunteers stuffing care packages
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Toast to the Troops
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Sylvester McCrorey, Tracey Averett, Steve Ibarra
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Volunteers
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Setting up the stage for Craig Morgan
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Sarah and Christy Constande, Sherrie Rabe
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Mark and Harley Horn
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Lana Carlson, Lori Morrison, Ashley Fey, Kristie Jarmon, Amanda Ross, Karina Cadora with the Junior League
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Kristy and Brittany Parris
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Kristie and Ty McKenzie, Bobby Baltz
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Kimberly Mann, Sabrina Davis, Beth Mann, Reanna Davis
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Kelsey Smith, Debrah Milligan, Elanah and Jade Cummings, Billie Rankin
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James Gainey, Dalton Clark, Austin Dixon
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Jack Daniels
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Evan Luca, Erika Lombardo
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Derek Hicks, USO Operations Manager (Arlington)
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Completed care packages
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CJ Jefferson
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Cheering with the bell, which rang for a completed pallet of 500 care packages
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Caleb Dodge, Mike Clark
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Alicia Wilcox
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Adam McCain, "Bear," Jenny and Kirstie Johnson
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10-year Marine veteran David Evans
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A completed pallet, which contained 500 care packages
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Kristy and Brittany Parris
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Dave Jonsun
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The Jack Daniel Distillery hosted its 19th Toast the Troops Care Package Packing Party July 11 on Hogan Street with the help of the USO, military spouses, Jack Daniels' employees and volunteers. The day started at 11 a.m. with Jacksonville natives having an opportunity to stuff care packages and continued until 6 p.m. with the USO, military spouses and Jack Daniels' employees stuffing the majority of the packages form 2-6 p.m.

More than 7,500 care packages were stuffed and sent to benefit men and women in the military around the world. Each care package includes a personal message of support, a "toast card," as well as personal care items, international calling cards, disposable cameras, playing cards and other frequently requested items.

A special guest came to help with the care packages and tip his hat to the troops. Craig Morgan, country musician and 10-year Army veteran, held a free concert at the Landing Courtyard to show his support for the troops and for the cause. The concert began at 7 p.m. and drew a large crowd ready to rock out to popular Morgan songs including "Bonfire," "This Ole Boy," "More Trucks Than Cars," "International Harvester" and "Redneck Yacht Club."

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