McKINNEY (May 15, 2015) — The 2015 CrestCars.com Smiles Charity Concert and Festival will be held Sunday, May 24 from 5 p.m. to 10 p.m. at the Adriatica outdoor concert venue. This year’s headlining act is Rodney Atkins. A flyover by World War II era planes; kids’ area with bounce houses, games, and activities; local food and drink vendors; and spectacular fireworks display.

Country music artist Rodney Atkins is the headline act for the CrestCars.com Smiles Charity Concert and Festival.

Photo courtesy of Smiles Charity

Country music artist Rodney Atkins is the headline act.

 

Valued sponsors CrestCars.com, KLAK-FM 97.5, Torchmark/Liberty National Insurance, Oral Maxillofacial Surgery/Dr. Don Nix, Simpson Strong Tie and Dr. Buchanan Orthodontics make the concert event possible. Their support allows Smiles Charity to organize an event which draws thousands together for a great cause.

While admission is free, Smiles Charity will be accepting donations throughout the event to help build homes for severely wounded veterans. Cash and credit cards will be accepted for all donations, concessions and $5 entrance fee for the kids’ area. Net proceeds from this year’s event will help build a home for SGT Michael Beeson. Please visit smilescharity.org for more information about how Smiles Charity and the citizens of McKinney are building a home, sharing a dream, and making smiles for hometown heroes.

Supporters are encouraged to purchase raffle tickets for a chance to win the 2015 Cadillac CTS, diamond necklace, autographed guitars from George Strait and Rodney Atkins, and an autographed hat by Little Big Town. Please visit smilescharity.org for a complete prize list and to purchase tickets.

Celebrate Memorial Day in McKinney on Sunday, May 24 while enjoying this family-friendly concert and show your support for America’s military heroes with a generous donation. The concert will be held rain or shine. Feel free to bring blankets and lawn chairs, but coolers and pets are not allowed.

 

2015 Home Recipient: SGT Michael Beeson, U.S. Army, Ret.

The Beeson family started when Michael Beeson asked Roxanne McDowell to be his wife on Feb. 26, 2004. Michael and Roxanne Beeson have been married 10 years and in that time have had two wonderful children, Taylor (15) and Gorman (9). The story of the Beeson’s is one of trauma and redemption with a side of triumph. They have seen tragedy and looked hardship in the eye and found the strength to succeed and overcome.

 

 
Retired U.S. Army SGT Michael Beeson with his family: wife Roxanne and childen Taylor and Gorman.

Photo courtesy of Smiles Charity

Retired U.S. Army SGT Michael Beeson with his family: wife Roxanne and childen Taylor and Gorman.

 

Michael joined the United States Army on June 16, 2003 and a year later found the person who he wanted to spend the rest of his life with. With his wife by his side, Michael started as a Paralegal and later be came a great Supply NCO (Non Commissioned Officer)/Armorer. SGT Beeson deployed to Iraq in early 2009 with the 576th Engineer Company/ 4th Engineer Battalion. Once in country SGT Beeson was attached to the 4th Brigade 1st Calvary, this was as the war was winding down in Iraq but still in full swing in Afghanistan. Only a few days in Iraq, SGT Beeson and his unit were tasked to convoy out of Iraq and transfer into Afghanistan attached to the 25th Naval Construction Regiment. Michael’s deployment experience was filled with aiding his troops and ensuring that all had what they needed to do their jobs effectively and efficiently, SGT Beeson himself was also tasked as a route clearance trooper. Route clearance ensures that all routes taken by convoys and security teams are cleared of all UXO’s (Unexploded Ordnances). On April 28, 2009 a mortar fired by insurgents hit the living quarters where SGT Beeson was staying. Once woken by his battle buddy, SGT Beeson was assessed by the medics and was cleared to return to duty.

It was not until later that SGT Beeson and his command realized that his injuries were internal. This prompted SGT Beeson to return to the states and begin the healing process and face the reality that he and his family had a great deal of work to do.

Michael was medically retired by the Army on June 16, 2011. In those years of trial and error, Michael and his family found a way of ensuring that not only will their family survive but they can thrive. Michael does ministry work with his family and other fellow veterans to show those around them that trauma is a factor of life and not only can it be managed but used as a stepping stool. Michael, Roxanne, Taylor and Gorman have all had as a family and individuals battles that they have had to endure through this process, but in that time they have discovered that as a family they are strong and can overcome anything. This is was they wish to do as a family, to minister to veterans and their family, to help as they were helped and most of all, aid in changing a world that some thought was unchangeable.

 

About Smiles Charity

Smiles Charity was founded in 2008 to help build homes for local families in need, with current housing projects for wounded veterans. The results are tangible: Eight homes have been built and another home will be started in 2015. Its mission is to bring the community together to change the world one home, one family at a time. Smiles Charity is a 501(c)(3) charity. For more information about Smiles Charity, its mission and its beneficiaries, visit smilescharity.org. Build a Home, Create a Smile.