Country music celebrities donate items for online auction

(Memphis, Tennessee, May 12, 2003)



A large number of popular country music artists are stepping up to support St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital through a unique fund-raising auction. The online auction will coincide with the 2003 Academy of Country Music Awards show and will feature items donated by artists participating in the show and its rehearsals, as well as some other very special items.

Items that will be on the auction block include:

Vince Gill - autographed Epiphone acoustic guitar
Toby Keith - 10-night Caribbean cruise
Dixie Chicks - metallic blue boots previously worn in concert
ALABAMA - autographed 2003 American Farewell Tour electric guitar
Faith Hill - autographed M. Andonia handbag
Alan Jackson - autographed sheet music
Wynonna- autographed guitar she played at ACM Awards show
Martina McBride - autographed blue jeans

Other artists and groups expected to contribute to the auction include:

Bellamy Bros.
Brooks & Dunn
Sheryl Crow
Diamond Rio
Reba McEntire
Tim McGraw
Brad Paisley
Lee Ann Womack
Louise Mandrell
Pam Tillis
Rascal Flatts
Keith Urban
NASACR® driver Tony Stewart
Trick Pony
Darryl Worley
Terri Clark
Actress Karri Turner (JAG)
Joe Nichols
Rebecca Lynn Howard
Montgomery Gentry
Sons of the Desert
Craig Morgan
George Strait
Sawyer Brown

This year’s online auction will be hosted on www.CMTauctions.com and is scheduled to go live May 22, 2003, the day following the ACM Awards broadcast on CBS. Keep checking for auction updates on www.countrycares.org.