A familiar face from our area was also on our TV screens for the CMA awards.

Sailor Jerri is a musician and Navy Veteran from Central Minnesota. Last night she was in Nashville at the Bridgestone Arena for the CMA awards where she got to join Reba McEntire to introduce Sheryl Crow and Dierks Bentley.

Before the show she was surprised by Thomas Rhett as a part of a promotion with Crown Royal, where he presented her with two tickets to the award show.

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Crown Royal's Purple Bag Project is all about supporting the troops.

For close to a decade, Crown Royal has worked with Packages From Home as a national charity partner supporting their purpose of sending thanks to troops overseas.

The first Purple Bag was packed in September, 2010. During the ceremony, a mural was unveiled, representing the program’s mission to ensure that soldiers abroad were reminded that those at home truly admire and acknowledge their relentless service to this country.

Jerri said in her segment that the goal is to pack 1 million purple bags with stuff from home for soldiers by 2020. You can learn more about that on Crown Royal's website.

I had the pleasure of meeting Jerri when she performed at an event in Milaca a couple years ago, and I caught her at Moondance Jammin Country in 2019. She is a wonderful human, and an even better performer and artist. If you ever get the opportunity to see her live I can not recommend her enough.

See where she is performing next and listen to her songs on her website, and wherever you consume music.

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