Today Grammy-nominated country music star Trace Adkins made a surprise visit to a Country Inns & Suites By Carlson SM hotel in Nashville for an appearance and performance for guests, hotel staff and Wounded Warriors.

While in town for a December 12 performance for The Christmas Show 2014 Tour, Trace joined the Country Inns & Suites hotel staff to help during the busy holiday season. While he was there, he checked in guests from behind the front desk and gave a special holiday performance.

Following Adkins' surprise holiday performance, he joined Country Inns & Suites By Carlson in partnership with the Carlson Family Foundation, to present a $50,000 donation to Wounded Warrior Project® to help fund the organization's Economic Empowerment pillar. The funds will help Wounded Warrior families achieve long-term financial stability through training, education and employment services.

“It's great to be back in Nashville today working with Country Inns & Suites guests, staff and Wounded Warrior Project,” said Trace Adkins. “I'm honored to help present this donation, which will help the Wounded Warrior Project fund efforts to assist heroes in getting back on their feet. It's an admirable thing and I'm happy to help.”

“Country Inns & Suites By Carlson is proud to partner with the Carlson Family Foundation to support the Wounded Warrior Project,” said Scott Meyer, senior vice president, Midscale Brands, Carlson Rezidor Hotel Group, Americas. “Country Inns & Suites is all about making guests feel at home and serving them with a kind and caring spirit and Trace has helped us do that here today.”

“This generous donation from the Carlson Family Foundation will help make a significant impact on the lives of the many veterans and their families,” said Teresa Nichols, Manager of Major Gifts at Wounded Warrior Project, who accepted the donation today on behalf of the organization. “Last fiscal year we placed more than 1,900 injured service members in meaningful careers through our Warriors to Work program and this donation should help us meet our goal of placing 2,500 more warriors this year.”

Additionally, the Carlson Family Foundation is sponsoring Trace Adkins' on-stage Christmas tree giveaway throughout his current The Christmas Show 2014 Tour. At each performance, Adkins will donate the large Christmas tree from his stage to a local charity.