The Troy Gentry Foundation Launching With January Benefit Concert
Created by Gentry's wife Angie and some friends, the Troy Gentry Foundation will offer financial support to cancer research organizations, groups that assist military families and organizations that focus on music education, according to AllAccess. Angie Gentry explains that the foundation's founders "wanted to do something to keep the spirit of Troy's generous heart alive and honor his memory."
"Troy was taken too soon, but we felt his dreams and dedication to helping others needed to continue," Angie Gentry notes. "He was very passionate about our military and their families, about those in need to provide for their children, cancer research, and the continuation of music education."
On Jan. 9, the Grand Ole Opry will host a benefit concert, the proceeds of which will support the Troy Gentry Foundation, the Opry Trust Fund, the TJ Martell Foundation, Make-a-Wish and the Journey Home Project, and provide music education scholarships and instruments for students in Kentucky, Troy Gentry's home state. Blake Shelton and SiriusXM DJ Storme Warren will host the show, which will feature performances from Gentry's duo partner Eddie Montgomery, as well as Jimmie Allen, Halfway to Hazard, Chris Janson, Dustin Lynch, Justin Moore, Craig Morgan, Jon Pardi, Rascal Flatts, Jeffrey Steele, Neil Thrasher and more.
Gentry died in a helicopter crash in Medford, N.J., on Sept. 8, 2017; he and Montgomery were scheduled to perform there that evening. Gentry was removed from the helicopter crash wreckage at the scene but was pronounced dead at a nearby hospital. In addition to Gentry, the helicopter’s pilot, James Evan Robinson, died in the crash; crews worked for hours to remove his body from the wreck. The National Transportation Safety Board's preliminary report on the crash expands upon initial reports that the helicopter pilot experienced mechanical issues prior to crashing.
Troy Gentry was 50 years old when he died. On Feb. 2, Montgomery released Here's to You, Montgomery Gentry's final album, finished just days before Gentry's death. He is celebrating the new record and the duo's 20th anniversary with a 2018 tour.
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