Martina McBride helped the YWCA Celebrity Auction bring in over $153,000 on Sunday, June 12, a 50% increase over last year’s total. Martina has hosted the event since 1995 and it was the dress she wore at the Grand Ole Opry re-opening following the Nashville floods that brought in the highest bid of the night, when a fan from Texas paid $27,000 for it.
“I am always amazed at the big hearts of country music fans,” Martina said. “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.”
“It is Martina’s genuine support and the devotion of her fans that help make the auction so successful each year,” Pat Shea, CEO of the YWCA, said. “She not only raised these dollars, but helped educate the audience about domestic violence as she encouraged their support. It is so amazing to me that Martina and her fans helped us raise over $150,000 in a few hours. 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.”
Other items at the auction included the 80’s outfit Martina wore in her “Teenage Daughter” music video, the top hat Big Kenny wore as he participated as a guest auctioneer at the event, a Keith Urban guitar, a Garth Brooks autographed Takamine acoustic guitar, and a Martina-hosted tour of Blackbird, the studio owned by Martina and husband John McBride. GAC’s Storme Warren was on hand to emcee the auction. Billy Greenwood of Nashville radio station WSIX also emceed with Big Kenny for part of the morning.