YWCA Celebrity Auction with Martina McBride brought in over $153,000 on Sunday, a 50% increase over last year. Martina McBride, who has hosted the charity auction since 1995, brought the highest bid of the day, pulling in $27,000 for the black dress that she wore to perform at the re-opening of the Opry (after the flood.) The dress was purchased by a fan from Texas. "I am always amazed at the big hearts of country music fans. Even in these tough economic times, they realize there is a need to help these women and children who have taken the first step toward getting out of a bad situation and are starting their life over. Their compassion and generosity inspires me," said Martina after the auction.
“It is Martina’s genuine support and the devotion of her fans that help make the auction so successful each year,” noted Pat Shea, CEO of the YWCA. “Yesterday, she not only raised these dollars, but helped educate the audience about domestic violence as she encouraged their support,” noted Shea. “It is so amazing to me that Martina and her fans helped us raise over $150,000 in a few hours,” Shea continued. “Those dollars will help the YWCA serve women and children who need counseling, medical care, support and emergency shelter as they flee violent homes. We are very grateful to Martina,” concluded Shea.
Other big ticket items at the auction included $1,500 for the 80’s outfit (with leopard print leggings, grey boots and earrings) that Martina wore in the Teenage Daughter music video, $2,500 for the top hat Big Kenny wore as he participated as a guest auctioneer in yesterday’s event. Also $4,000 for a Keith Urban guitar, $10,000 for a Garth Brooks autographed Takamine acoustic guitar, and $16,000 for a Martina hosted tour of Blackbird, the studio owned by John McBride.
“We were honored to have Storme Warren of GAC to emcee the auction again this year,” noted Shea. “He is an excellent host who makes the auction entertaining and fun for all,” she continued. Billy Greenwood of WSIX emceed with Big Kenny as auctioneer for part of the morning.
Other sponsors include the CMA Music Festival, Carl Black Chevrolet, WSIX, Belle Meade Framers and Jim Stevens Auctions.