Sheryl Crow to Promote Mercedes Auction for Joplin Schools on Jay Leno



Missouri native Sheryl Crow, who announced recently that she’ll donate proceeds from the sale of her 1959 Mercedes Benz Roadster to the Joplin Schools Recovery Fund, plans to talk about the upcoming auction with fellow car enthusiast Jay Leno on “The Tonight Show” tonight.

The Grammy-award winner from Kennett, Mo., also will is talking to reporters today about her classic convertible at the Peterson Automotive Museum in Los Angeles before her taping with Leno, which airs at 10:30 p.m. tonight on KYTV.

The car also will be on special display at the Museum  from Tuesday through Aug. 7  before it goes to Pebble Beach, Calif., for the prestigious Gooding & Company auction on Aug. 20-21.

Representatives for Sheryl Crow and Gooding and Co., hope additional publicity about the auction will spur interest, and bidding, for the convertible, which underwent a major restoration in 2005 before she bought it.

Crow’s announcement that she would auction the car has already generated interest around the world in the donation and, more importantly, the situation facing Joplin and its schools. Here are just a few of the national and global news sources – in addition to local news outlets from Los Angeles to Halifax, Nova Scotia – to pick up the story:

Haute Living
USA Today
Jalopnik (Gawker media)
The Baltimore Sun
The Chicago Tribune

Several CFO staff members had the opportunity to meet with Crow about the donation when she performed at the O’Reilly Family Event Center at Drury University in mid-July. The CFO and its largest affiliate, the Community Foundation of Southwest Missouri, Inc., have established the Joplin Recovery Fund and 20 other funds now totaling more than $3 million to assist with tornado recovery efforts.

A former educator and now mom, Crow said she selected the Joplin Schools Recovery Fund because she wants to support the District’s efforts to restore its 10 schools either destroyed or seriously damaged in the May 22 EF5 tornado.  Joplin school leaders are working hard to prepare for classes to begin in temporary facilities on Aug. 17.

“I really do believe the future of this country is our kids being educated to the fullest,” she said.

She recalled many tornado seasons growing up in Kennett and said that while she hasn’t been to Joplin, she’s followed the story since the toll of the tornado, which now has claimed 160 lives and more than 8,000 homes, first became evident.

“The stories of the devastation are also the stories of people coming together,” she said.