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Singer Donates Car to Help Joplin Schools


Crow is donating her 1959 Mercedes-Benz 190 SL Roadster to be auctioned off next month with proceeds going to the Joplin Schools Recovery Fund created by the Community Foundation of the Ozarks and its Joplin affiliate the Community Foundation of Southwest Missouri.

Louise Whall Knauer, the Foundation's senior vice-president of communications and marketing, says they were happy to hear about the donation...

"It's really great.  It's a really creative donation and it's something that has a lot of meaning to her that she decided to make this contribution to Joplin.  She's a former teacher and so she wanted to specifically focus on Joplin Schools Recovery Fund."

Whall Knauer says CFO staff met with Crow during her recent concert in Springfield and she told them she wanted to help Joplin Schools recover from the tornado.

The Joplin Schools Recovery Fund is one fund designated for recovery efforts.  Whall Knauer says there's currently more than $2 million in all of the Joplin recovery funds conbined, and donations continue to come in--both large and small...

"Everything from kids in New York who opened a lemonade stand and donated half to Joplin and half to the Japanese Tsunami victims up to donations like this from Cheryl Crow and the large one we had from the Jolie-Pitt Foundation for $500,000.  We just get notes with a lot of them that just talk about why people were touched to want to donate.  There was one gentleman who was in the 1953 tornado in Waco, Texas, which was a very bad one and he sent a small donation that he said would maybe buy a box of cereal for somebody."

Crow's Mercedes-Benz 190 SL Roadster will be auctioned off next month at Gooding & Company's Pebble Beach auction and will be presented for sale without reserve.  Its value is estimated at between $50,000 and $80,000.