Dolphins Cancer Challenge VI Concert
Sun Life Stadium Parking Lot
Miami, Florida (USA)
20 February 2016
Rock'n'Roll with Melissa Etheridge
[AUDIO] Willie Nelson & Sheryl Crow - "Embraceable You"
LISTEN: Willie Nelson & Sheryl Crow - "Embraceable You" from the new album Summertime: Willie Nelson Sings Gershwin--
[NEWS] BIRTHDAY DRIVE GRAND PRIZE- Telecaster signed by Sheryl
Here is a picture of Sheryl signing the Grand Prize Fender Telecaster for the BD winner, Brian Gibson of Jacksonville, Florida. Congrats Brian!
BTW, the Birthday Drive total for this year was $14,127!
The best result since 2011 and one of our largest totals ever.
[NEWS] Sheryl Crow on How to Fight Cancer: "It’s Really About Funding"
By Angel Melendez
Miami New Times
In 1994, all Sheryl Crow wanted to do was have a good time. Now she's more interested in good causes.
On Saturday, the Grammy Award-winning singer/songwriter will perform alongside Melissa Etheridge at the sixth annual Dolphins Cancer Challenge. The event features a 5K that participants can walk/run or choose from six different cycling rides. It all culminates with the star-studded concert at Sun Life Stadium.
Crow is someone who is very familiar with both Florida (she has a home in Destin) and unfortunately with cancer too, which makes her the ideal act for the upcoming fundraiser. We spoke to Crow over the phone about her philanthropy, how teachers get short-changed, her personal connection to the event, and the music that takes her back.
New Times: First of all, happy belated birthday. Did you do anything special?
Sheryl Crow: Thank you. I went out with my kids. They took me to see Kung-Fu Panda, so it was a hot little date with a couple of good looking boys.
You recently donated $21,000 to your alma mater. What brought about this spontaneous show of generosity?
There’s this great organization called Adopt-A-Classroom.org and their sole objective is to get money to teachers to buy supplies for their room. Basically the average expenditure for each teacher is between $600 and $1000 dollars of their own money. Obviously, I think, teachers are undercompensated for the job that they do. This is an opportunity to support teachers in their community, and it’s a tax write-off, and all the way around it’s a great situation. My sisters, one of them is still teaching, one of them used to be a teacher. I was a teacher, and my sister-in-law is a teacher. What brought this about is that my sister was looking to buy something for her classroom and couldn’t because she didn’t have the money. It just unnerved me that teachers have to spend their own money to buy the things they need for their classrooms. I had the idea of starting this organization and when we checked it out, we found that it already existed, which is fantastic, so we partnered with them and used my celebrity to bring this issue to light.
Your upcoming concert will help benefit cancer research and you’ve had a few health scares of your own and of course you have the Sheryl Crow Imaging Center so obviously this is near and dear to your heart. Do you think there’s anything else the general public can do in our efforts against cancer?
First and foremost, on a personal level, my message is always that women are diligent about getting our mammograms and doing self-exams, and just staying on top of our own healthcare. Girding ourselves with the knowledge of what our family genetics might be. As far as what we can do to help end cancer, it’s really about funding. It’s about getting money to these places that commit their time and energy towards finding a cure. Obviously there’s a lot of controversy about stem cells, embryonic stem cells in general. I think if people can educate themselves where they can give money and support these causes, it goes a long way, particularly with the economy the way it is and the government is spending less and less on research.
Speaking of money, last year, there were several cancer charities that were revealed by the FBI to be shams. What are your thoughts on that? What would say to those people?
Well, I would say what anyone else would say: shame on you. I really love allying myself with organizations like the Miami Dolphins charity. They use one hundred percent of the funds they raise towards cancer research. You know, it happens, but I think the positive stories outweigh the negative stories. Generally the people who use charities as a front, they get their comeuppance eventually. I just try to focus my energies on those organizations that are out there really doing what I like to refer to as God’s work.
So often, music takes us back to a specific time and place. Are there any of your songs that transport you somewhere else, for better or worse?
Well, you know, it’s interesting, I made a record called Detours and it was a very personal record for me. One of the songs on it was directly related to my cancer experience. The song is called “Make It Go Away.” Not very often do I listen to my own records — in fact I would say never. But, when we were compiling the best of, I went through some of the recordings and I happened upon that one and it definitely took me back to the times that I was going through radiation and personal upheaval that was surrounding all that. And songs can do that, they can have a life of their own, or they can take you back, or they can be your own meaning for you depending on what you’re going through at the time. I have several of those that I have that experience with.
Dolphins Cancer Challenge with Sheryl Crow and Melissa Etheridge. 2 p.m. Saturday, February 20, at Sun Life Stadium, 347 Don Shula Dr., Miami Gardens. Tickets cost $50 plus fees via ticketmaster.com.
Valentine's With Sheryl Crow - Show #1
Schermerhorn Symphony Center
Nashville, Tennessee (USA)
13 February 2016
[NEWS] A Note Of Thanks From Sheryl
February 12th, 2016.
For almost 20 years, I’ve looked out into the audience at my shows all over the country, and seen the familiar shape of Gregg Dempsey surrounded by friends wearing the classic Fan Forum T-shirts. Gregg has been such a large part of my career. He was unmistakably unique, a contradiction embodied, with his easy-going way and sweet demeanor encapsulated within his tall larger-than-life build. His generosity with his time appeared to be endless, selfless. He gave so much to all of us. It will not be the same without him.
I am always touched when my birthday rolls around and you guys show up the way you do for the Delta Children's Home. But this year feels different. I feel like you all have really honored not just me, but also Gregg, this year by generously giving to the Birthday Drive. I feel quite emotional about it and deeply grateful for all of you. Thank you does not measure up to how I really feel, but since those are the only words I can come up with right now, please allow me to just say: Thank You. Everyone. From the bottom of my heart.
[VIDEO] Sheryl Crow & Melissa Etheridge for Dolphins Cancer Challenge
[NEWS/VIDEO] Watch Sheryl's sweet surprise for her hometown high school teachers
By Ree Hines
Today Show Staff
Valentine's Day is less than a week away, but it's never too early to show some love — and "Show Heart."
That's the name of a special series TODAY's Jenna Bush Hager has launched to lead up to the big day, and she had some big help kicking it off Monday morning with singer-songwriter Sheryl Crow.
The nine-time Grammy winner knew just who she wanted to Show Heart to — some unsung heroes from her hometown high school in Kennett, Missouri.
Kennett High School Principal Richie Leeker let his students and faculty believe they were gathering for a routine pep rally, but they soon found out there was a famous member of the class of 1980 in their midst.
The crowd cheered for Crow, but she wanted them to cheer for others.
"I want everybody to give a big round of applause for your teachers," she said. "They spend their own money in making sure you have what you need in the classroom."
So Crow brought the teachers out and made sure they had what they needed, too.
"Your teachers ... spend up to $600, maybe more, a year [in classroom supplies]," she told the kids. "We are going to present some checks to the teachers on behalf of Farmers Insurance and Adopt-A-Classroom. "
Those teachers can use the money for whatever classroom supplies they need.
Taking care of teachers is a cause close to Crow's heart. After all, before she became a musical hit-maker, Crow was teacher, too.
"When I got out of school, I went into teaching," she told Hager. "I loved it, but I had this burning desire to get my music heard."
She never forgot her time teaching or the special teachers who made her believe she could go on and be anything she wanted to be.
"I know these towns are all the way across America, that send kids out believing they can do whatever they want in this giant world," she said. "And I was really that kid."
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Sheryl Crow "Adopts" All Teachers From Her Hometown High School, Donates More Than $20,000
AdoptAClassroom.org and Farmers Insurance Join the Award-Winning Singer to Support Teachers at Kennett High School
MINNEAPOLIS and LOS ANGELES, Feb. 8, 2016 /PRNewswire/ -- Nine-time Grammy Award-winning singer-songwriter Sheryl Crow returned to her hometown of Kennett, Missouri, to surprise the teachers at her alma mater, Kennett High School, with a $21,600 donation for classroom supplies.
During an all school assembly that was featured on The TODAY Show's "Show Heart Today" series on Feb. 8, Crow announced that she was "adopting" all of the school's teachers through AdoptAClassroom.org with a $600 donation each. Farmers Insurance® provided the financial backing as part of its Thank America's Teacher℠ program, which has donated more than $2 million to teachers across the country since 2014.
"I know first-hand how much hard work goes into being a teacher, but I also know how big of an impact teachers have on the lives and futures of their students," said Crow, a former teacher in St. Louis, Missouri. "Thanks to AdoptAClassroom.org and the financial support of Farmers Insurance, we were able to make a meaningful difference for the amazing teachers at Kennett High School while also showing viewers of The TODAY Show just how easy it can be to do the same for teachers in their own communities."
Representatives from AdoptAClassroom.org and Farmers Insurance joined Crow and Jenna Bush Hager, a correspondent for The TODAY Show and a former teacher, to present each teacher with an AdoptAClassroom.org gift card for $600, which is equal to the amount that, on average, teachers spend out of their own pockets each year to ensure they have the materials needed to teach their students. AdoptAClassroom.org is a national nonprofit that offers individual donors the ability to search, select and "adopt" an individual teacher, or donate to a general fund that supports teachers from higher-need schools.
"Most people are shocked to hear teachers spend so much of their own money each year to equip their classrooms and students," said Bob Thacker, executive vice president with AdoptAClassroom.org. "Thanks to the commitment of people like Sheryl, and the generosity of our corporate partners like Farmers Insurance, we adopted every teacher at Kennett High School. Our hope is to help all teachers throughout the country who still lack the resources for their students to learn and succeed."
Farmers Insurance has a long history of supporting education and partners with AdoptAClassroom.org to facilitate donations to teachers from its Thank America's Teachers program, which launched in 2014 to rally the country to show its gratitude for America's educators who make a difference in their classrooms, schools and communities.
"We were thrilled to join Sheryl and AdoptAClassroom.org in recognizing the tremendous work of all the teachers and faculty at Kennett High School," said Kelly LaMar, managing lead of Thank America's Teachers for Farmers Insurance. "Any of us can think of a teacher who made a difference in our lives, but today we're able to make a difference in the lives of 36 special teachers and inspire everyone who watched at home to do the same for teachers across the country."
To make a donation to AdoptAClassroom.org or find classrooms to adopt in your community, click AdoptAClassroom. Individuals are also invited to visit www.ThankAmericasTeachers.com to share their thank yous and to vote for their favorite teacher proposals throughout the year.
AdoptAClassroom.org (AAC) gives teachers a hand by providing much needed classroom supplies and materials to help their students learn and succeed. As an award-winning 501(c)(3), AAC makes it easy for donors to provide funding and support to K-12 classrooms in public, private and charter schools throughout the U.S. On average, teachers spend $600 of their own money each year to equip their classrooms - 20% of teachers spend more than $1000 annually. Since 1998 AdoptAClassroom.org has raised over $22 million and benefited more than 5 million students throughout the U.S. AAC holds a 4-star rating from Charity Navigator. For more information, or to adopt a classroom, please visit www.adoptaclassroom.org.
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