|WASHINGTON, D.C. – Lee Greenwood delivered another distinguished performance of ‘God Bless The U.S.A.’ Tuesday to over 1,800 esteemed guests at the Washington Hilton’s International Ballroom in Washington, D.C. at the 107th First Lady’s Luncheon, honoring Mrs. Melania Trump and also celebrating Indiana’s Hoosier Heartland. The event was presented by The Congressional Club Museum and Foundation, chaired by Jennifer Messer (R-IN) and co-chair Patti Garamendi (D-CA). Greenwood was joined by “The President’s Own” United States Marine Corps Band, featuring Master Sergeant Kevin L. Bennear who performed the National Anthem.
Four-time Emmy award winner and former co-host of ‘TODAY’ Kathie Lee Gifford was also in attendance and recognized as a special guest, introducing a dynamic performance of “The God Who Sees” which she co-wrote with Grammy-nominated contemporary Christian singer Nicole C. Mullen. The performance was set to a portion of a short film Gifford produced with Mullen in Israel, based on the song. Multi-platinum recording artist Michael W. Smith performed a selection of his most well-known hit songs, including a patriotic video montage in remembrance of 9/11 “There She Stands” and closed with his heartfelt blockbuster hit “Friends.” Smith was also recently honored by Gifford, Greenwood, and Mullen in Nashville for his 35th anniversary of ‘Friends’.
“What an honor it was to be asked for a second year in a row to perform for some of the most powerful women in our nation’s capital,” said Greenwood. “I was overjoyed to sing at the bipartisan Congressional Club’s luncheon for the First Lady, and to hear more about the great Be Best program she has launched to help children within our borders and around the world.”
Charitable recipients of the luncheon included the Vera Bradley Foundation for Breast Cancer and the Washington Tennis Education Foundation.