Thursday, June 16, 2011

Taylor Swift & ACM Lifting Lives Donate $50,000 To St. Jude Children's Research Hospital

Photo Caption (L-R):  Erin Spahn, Executive Director ACM Lifting Lives, and ACM Entertainer of the
Year Taylor Swift

ACM Lifting Lives® partnered with Entertainer of the Year, Taylor Swift, to donate $50,000 to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital on Saturday.  The donation is for the ACM Lifting Lives Entertainer of the Year Matching Gift program, wherein the reigning ACM Entertainer of the Year is invited to impact a philanthropy of his/her choice with a special gift that uplifts through the power of music, with the Academy matching funds for greater impact.
 
Erin Spahn, Executive Director ACM Lifting Lives, was on hand at Swift’s sold-out stadium show this Saturday at Detroit’s Ford Field, where she congratulated Swift again for her ACM Entertainer of the Year win and presented her with a $25,000 check for St. Jude, Swift’s chosen philanthropy for this gift.  Swift also came prepared with her own personal check to St. Jude for $25,000, to bring the evening’s total to $50,000. Swift has donated more than $1 million to charity in the past year alone, including more than $750,000 raised for victims of the recent tornados in the Southeast and $500,000 last year to Nashville flood relief efforts.
 
This is the third year the ACM Lifting Lives Entertainer of the Year Matching Gift program has been in existence.  Past recipients of the grant have included the C.A.T.S. Foundation, Community Foundation for Middle Tennessee and MusiCares.

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