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March 7th, 2011
American Idol’s Taylor Hicks to perform at American Legion event


American Legion Post 144 will again host a dinner for injured veterans participating in the third annual Ride 2 Recovery Texas Challenge on Monday, March 28 at 6 p.m. at the San Marcos Conference Center at Embassy Suites.

More than 200 wounded U.S. veterans and support personnel will depart the Center for the Intrepid at Ft. Sam Houston in San Antonio on the morning of March 28 to start a six-day trek through central Texas with overnight stops in San Marcos, Austin, Ft. Hood, Waco, Cleburne and Arlington.

After a dinner provided by the San Marcos American Legion Post & Auxiliary Unit 144, the cyclists will be treated to a benefit concert featuring 2006 American Idol winner Taylor Hicks and his band. The performance will begin at 7:30 p.m. and tickets are available for the general public to purchase.

“Cycling is something that everyone can do and it helps to speed up the recovery and rehabilitation process,” says John Wordin, founder and president of Ride 2 Recovery. “It is an experience that challenges each rider physically, mentally, and emotionally as they set individual goals for their trip. We want to provide them with a physical challenge and a group experience that helps them learn to heal mentally and emotionally.”

The entire San Marcos community is invited to welcome the riders to, and to cheer them off from, San Marcos at the Embassy Suites. Riders are expected to arrive at the hotel between 3 and 4 p.m. Monday, March 28. Riders will depart on Tuesday from Embassy Suites in two groups at 9 and 10 a.m. The route will take them down Hunter Road to San Antonio Street, through the downtown San Marcos area, by the Texas State University campus and out Post Road to Austin.

Members of Beta Sigma Phi service sorority have volunteered to assist with dinner service and clean up for 350 at the San Marcos Conference Center. Lockhart and Luling American Legion Auxiliary Units are pitching in to provide homemade cakes for dessert. A number of American Legion and Auxiliary officials from around the area will attend, along with San Marcos and Hays County government officials.

Taylor Hicks and his band will perform in the benefit concert immediately following the dinner. The Alabama native’s take on Southern soul, rhythm and blues, country and blues led him to win the coveted American Idol title on May 24, 2006, as more than 36 million watched the popular Fox television show. To learn more about Hicks and what he has been up to since his American Idol win, check out his website at

Tickets for the Taylor Hicks Band Concert, as well as a private VIP meet-and-greet “photo op” reception with Hicks, can be purchased on line at the website by clicking on “Press Room.” Tickets are:
$50 minimum donation for Taylor Hicks concert which begins at 7:30 p.m.
$150 minimum donation for concert plus VIP Reception and Meet & Greet at 6:45 p.m.

A cash bar will be available and there will be a silent auction to benefit Ride 2 Recovery. For questions about the concert or silent auction, e-mail or call 818-888-7091.

For more information on local Ride 2 Recovery events or to see how you can get involved, call American Legion Auxiliary President Pat Murdock at 512-353-1943 or American Legion Commander Tom Tvrdik at 512-353-8443.

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