Photos: Lowe’s Grill of Honor Produces Great Burgers, Smiles and a Big Donation

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Lowe’s teamed with the USO on Saturday to host the Lowe’s Grill of Honor at Nationals Park in Washington. The home improvement giant invited nearly 750 troops and families for an afternoon of fun that featured a grilling competition between selected “Grill Sergeants” judged by a group that included actress Brooklyn Decker and “The Voice” host Carson Daly. The event culminated with Lowe’s donating $100,000 to the USO.

The USO’s Joseph Andrew Lee was there to chronicle the event in these photos.

Jimmie Johnson Hosts Benefit Concert for Soldiers

(L to R) NASCAR driver Jimmie Johnson, USO of North Carolina's Megan Grady, President and COO for USO of North Carolina John Falkenbury, and Grammy-award winning musician Darius Rucker came out to support the Lowe's USO Family Fund. (Photo courtesy of WCNC.com)

By now you’ve probably heard the exciting news about the Lowe’s USO Family Fund, which support family programming at the USO.  On Thursday, NASCAR driver Jimmie Johnson hosted a special concert at the Fillmore in Charlotte, NC, with musical performance by Darius Rucker…all to support the Fund!

“It means a lot to all of us and I think it’s really big for the city to have the race here in town,” Johnson told WCNC.com in Charlotte. “Drivers and almost everyone knows this is a big opportunity to be home and wine and dine some folks to show our appreciation to the fans.”  You can check out footage of the night’s events in a short clip below.

It was a great night for our Troops and the best part (besides supporting the USO, of course!) is that YOU can view the concert on the SPEED Channel at 7 p.m. on May 29, 2010 – just one week from tonight.  In the meantime, show your support for the Lowe’s USO Family Fund by visiting www.uso.org/lowes, by texting USO to 50555 for a $5 donation, or by calling 1-800-876-7469 and using giving codes “Lowe’s,” “Jimmie Johnson,” or “Racing.”  Thanks for your support!

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Jimmie Johnson and Lowe’s Show Their Support for the USO!

Jimmie Johnson will be in the No. 48 Lowe’s Chevrolet car at the May 30 Sprint Cup race. The car will feature a special patriotic paint scheme in recognition of Memorial Day, plus donation information will be posted on the team’s pit wall banner during the race!

Lowe’s and the USO have announced the creation of the Lowe’s USO Family Fund, proceeds of which will support USO family programs such as the “With You All the Way!” deployment kit, “United Through Reading,” and USO Operation Phone Home.

These programs help deployed service members who are abroad and their families stay connected and help those who remain at home prepare for the separation while their family members are away.

Team Lowe’s Racing driver Jimmie Johnson and country-music artist Darius Rucker will host a special concert highlighting the Lowe’s USO Family Fund on the SPEED Channel airing at 7 p.m. on May 29, 2010, the night before the 600-mile Sprint Cup Series Race at Charlotte Motor Speedway.

Donations can be made to the fund by visiting www.uso.org/lowes, by texting USO to 50555 for a $5 donation, or by calling 1-800-876-7469 and using giving codes “Lowe’s,” “Jimmie Johnson,” or “Racing.”

During the May 30 Sprint Cup race, the No. 48 Lowe’s Chevrolet will also have a special patriotic paint scheme in recognition of Memorial Day and will feature donation information on the team’s pit wall banner.

“Every year we do something different to show our support of the military during this race weekend,” said Johnson, who will be trying for his fourth win in the Memorial Day weekend race. “Both of my grandfathers served in the military, so I am especially proud to be partnering with my Lowe’s family for the Lowe’s USO Family Fund. The money raised will help those deployed and their families back home.”

Lowe’s Expands Support of the Military with Year-Round Discount!

Lowe's LogoLowe’s Companies, Inc. announced this week that it is expanding its support of the military by offering an all day, every day 10 percent discount to all military personnel who are active, reserve, retired or disabled veterans and their family members, with a valid, government-issued military ID card.

All other military veterans will receive the discount on the Memorial Day, Fourth of July and Veterans Day weekends.

Lowe’s was founded on the heels of World War II by veterans Jim Lowe and Carl Buchan and has always been a supporter of the military,” said Larry D. Stone, Lowe’s president and chief operating officer. “The year-round discount program is one way we are reaffirming our commitment to the thousands of men and women who are serving throughout the world, as well as their family members at home.”

The discount is available on in-stock and Special Order purchases up to $5,000. Excluded from the discount are sales via Lowes.com, previous sales, and purchases of services or gift cards.

While Lowe’s has had a military discount program in the past during select times of year, the new policy will allow those who are serving to benefit from the discount whenever they need it the most.

“What a great way to say thank you,” said Sloan Gibson, president and CEO of the USO. “We salute Lowe’s for the company’s commitment to helping military personnel and their families who served and continue to serve our nation.”

The USO was also selected as one of the beneficiaries of the Lowe’s Employee Giving Campaign in January. This initiative allows Lowe’s employees to donate directly from their paychecks to support those who are serving our country.

In addition to offering military discounts at specific times during the year, Lowe’s has extended benefits for its employees serving in the military and offers employment opportunities to military personnel after their military service has ended. Currently, more than 12,000 Lowe’s employees are military veterans or reservists.