Sheryl Crow Donates Mercedes for Joplin Schools Recovery Fund

The Joplin Schools Recovery Fund received a great boost today with the news that Grammy-award winning artist and Missouri native Sheryl Crow will auction a vintage Mercedes and donate the proceeds to Joplin schools.

Gooding & Company, the world’s leading auction house for collectors of rare and exceptional cars, announced today that Sheryl Crow will auction her personal 1959 Mercedes-Benz 190 SL Roadster in Pebble Beach, Calif., on Aug. 21, immediately following the prestigious Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance.

“After the tornado in Joplin I was moved to help rebuild a city so close to where I grew up in Missouri,” says Sheryl Crow.  “My hope is that the auction of my 1959 Mercedes-Benz 190 SL Roadster will bring in funds to help rebuild the schools in the area.”

Added CFO President Brian Fogle: “This is a very heartfelt donation to auction an item that has such special meaning to Sheryl and her family. We very much appreciate how committed she is to her Missouri roots.”

An iconic, grand-touring convertible, the stylish 190SL being offered is white with a white hard top, optional black soft top and sport whitewall tires.  Following a comprehensive restoration completed in 2005, the car now has fresh brakes, suspension, a reconditioned Becker Mexico radio with speaker and a new interior of black leather upholstery.  Originally acquired by Sheryl Crow in 2005, the 190 SL has since become the artist’s and her family’s personal favorite.  The 1959 Mercedes-Benz 190 SL has an estimate of $50,000 – $80,000 and will be presented without reserve at the Aug. 21 auction. It will take place at the the Pebble Beach Equestrian Center.

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The Joplin Schools Recovery Fund, established through the CFO and its Joplin/Carthage-based affiliate, the Community Foundation of Southwest Missouri, Inc., will provide philanthropic donations to help restore the 10 Joplin schools either destroyed or severely damaged during the May 22 tornado.