Owen was highlighted at the Boy Scouts of America’s American Values luncheon in Anniston, Alabama. While there, the local Boy Scouts chapter – the Choccolocco district – gave Owen his award in recognition of ongoing humanitarian efforts within his local community, and around the nation. The Heart of an Eagle Award signifies an individual who shows “compassion for their community through leadership, character and integrity.”
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“It’s a great honor to be recognized by the Boy Scouts of America,” Owen said. “I admire the great people who make scouting a wonderful lifetime experience for our state and country.”
A member of the Country Music Hall of Fame with his Alabama bandmates, Owen’s recording career netted 30 No.1 singles on the Billboard charts and no less than 75 million record sales, and the band continues to perform select concert dates.
Owen’s charity work has become his main focus, however, including his founding of the annual St. Jude Country Cares for Kids radiothon, which turned 30 years old this year and has raised more than $800 million for St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital. Owen and Alabama have also spearheaded several disaster recovery fundraisers, including tornado relief efforts for Tuscaloosa, Alabama, in 2011 and for Jacksonville State University in 2018.