Freedom Breakfast – Nov. 9, 2023

SouthPark Fire photo
Photo from street outside the massive fire in South Park. CHARLOTTE FIRE DEPT
In addition to the traditional Veterans Day celebration to honor those who served our country in the Armed Forces, Carolinas Freedom Foundation welcomes First Responders to Carmel Country Club on Thursday, Nov. 9, 2023 as we honor their service at the May 18th Five-Alarm Fire in South Park. 

As reported by The Charlotte Observer, "More than 90 firefighters, including from five neighboring departments, flocked to the SouthPark Towers area to get the blaze under control. ...The fire reached temperatures above 2,000 degrees...
Firefighters rescued 15 workers who got stuck in the building, according to officials. Firefighters had to issue two mayday calls for help after getting trapped in the fire themselves, Johnson said. Paramedics took one construction worker, who was stuck in a crane for more than an hour, to the hospital for non-life-threatening injuries."
In recognition of the 50th Anniversary of the POW Release from Vietnam (including Quincy Collins the Founder of Carolinas Freedom Foundation), we will have special programming focused on music and its impact. Along with poetry Quincy composed the official POW HYMN while imprisoned at the Hanoi Hilton.

The 2023 Col J Quincy Collins Freedom Award will be presented to the Gold Star Mentors TM who change lives, one guitar at a time. As stated by the GSM Founder,
"I know music is the great healer and learning to play a musical instrument can make a positive impact on a child's life." BRETT JONES

As we gather on Thursday, Nov. 9, 2023 we will be transported through time to the years 1965 -1973 by the JAVA BAND playing special music throughout the breakfast program. 

Space is limited !! -- Reserve your seats using the red button below...


Date:  Thursday, November 9, 2023
Time:  8:00am -- 9:30am (Doors open at 7:30am)
Location:  Carmel Country Club (4735 Carmel Rd, Charlotte 28226)


Heroes Patron Table of 8 + complementary tickets provided to First Responders $2,500
Corporate Table of 8 with Program Listing $1,000
Veteran / First Responder Table of 8 $750
Youth Scholarship Patron 4 Seats with Program Listing $500
Flags in Classrooms Patron 2 Seats with Program Listing $250
Buy One/Gift One Individual Seat + Seat Gifted to First Responder / Veteran $225
Individual Seat $125 (limited availability)


For information on event sponsorships contact Susan Yarber at 980-422-3733 or email

Each year, the Carolinas Freedom Foundation presents its prestigious Freedom Award to an individual or a group who has distinguished him/herself by serving our country and its citizens selflessly, and with total dedication to further the cause of freedom. Past winners include General Hugh Shelton, former Mayor John Belk, Senator Jesse Helms, Ross Perot, World War II veterans, the USO, the Medal of Honor Society, former POW COL Quincy Collins, portrait artist Kaziah Hancock, Purple Heart Homes, Roddey Dowd, Sr. and Dr. Charles Tsui (Charlie Two Shoes).



A previous year's Freedom Award recipient was 10-year-old Myles Eckert from Ohio who in February 2014 found a $20 bill in the parking lot of an Ohio Cracker Barrel. Myles saw a service man in uniform and wrote him a note with the $20 bill enclosed, to pay it forward. Watch the video story below.

Carolinas Freedom Foundation
Annual Freedom Breakfast


Thursday November 9, 2023


8:00 AM - 9:30 AM (Doors Open at 7:30am)


Carmel Country Club (4735 Carmel Rd, CLT 28226)

Registration Deadline:

Until Sold Out or October 26, 2023


Carolinas Freedom Foundation is a 501-C-3 Non-Profit Organization, Tax ID# 56-2024977.
To contact Carolinas Freedom Foundation: Call 980-422-3733 or email


In a solemn ceremony to honor all veterans who have served in the U.S. Armed Forces, the Carolinas Freedom Foundation conducts Wreath Laying Ceremonies in the greater Charlotte area. Each corresponds with the signing of the WWI Armistice or end of World War I, which was held on the 11th hour of the 11th day of the 11th month in 1918 marking the end of hostilities with Germany.

Wreath Laying Ceremony

Date: Saturday November 11, 2023
Time: 11:11 AM
Location: Location(s) To Be Announced -- to incorporate a wreath-laying component into your Veterans Day recognition event, contact susan@carolinasfreedom.orgbefore Sept 30th for 2023 engagements.