Eddie Montgomery receives keys to the city
Thursday, April 10, 2008
– Eddie Montgomery and his wife Tracy will receive the keys to the city of Danville, Ky. at the next regular meeting, on April 14. Mayor Hugh Coomer and the Board of Commissioners will recognize them for their charitable efforts in helping the fire department's Christmas Toy Drive the past few years. Coomer cited the efforts of the couple, both in raising more than $20,000 over the past 5 years for the Toy Program, to bringing country music fans to Boyle County, where they reside.
Eddie, half of the country music duo Montgomery Gentry, has appeared in the Middle East to meet and greet American soldiers stationed overseas, and has been a strong advocate in supporting military personnel and their families. Closer to home, he and his wife have appeared across the state and the country in support of various groups and organizations, lending their names to various charitable enterprises.
Their fan base has brought several truckloads of new toys given for distribution to needy children and families during the holidays. The Boyle County couple has organized several bus events, where they displayed tour buses used by top acts including Britney Spears, Faith Hill and their own Montgomery Gentry bus.
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