ACM to Begin First Celebrity Auction

The Academy of Country Music has teamed up with and Country CaresĀ® in support of St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital in Memphis, Tenn. Some of country music’s hottest stars, like LeAnn Rimes , Faith Hill , Tim McGraw , Billy Gilman , Alabama , Lonestar , Lee Ann Womack , The Kinleys and Jamie O’Neal , will donate personal items either worn or used during the ACM Awards Show, which airs Wednesday, May 9 at 8 p.m. ET. All proceeds of each winning bid will go directly to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital.

The auction will also feature items collected prior to the ACM awards, including an autographed “I Hope You Dance” jersey and book from Womack, a leather bomber jacket autographed by Brooks & Dunn , an autographed, framed Keith Urban lithograph, a black Gucci top worn by Hill during Breathe album shoot, a one-of-a-kind, specialized and autographed Alabama guitar with band logo and boots and personal autographed items from ACM awards host Rimes.

Since the “Country Cares” program began in 1989, radio stations across America have raised more than $150 million in pledges for St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital. “Country Cares” is present in 170 radio markets, with events in eight of the top 10 markets and more than 65 of the top 100. St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital in Memphis, Tenn., was founded by the late entertainer Danny Thomas. The hospital is an internationally recognized, biomedical research center dedicated to finding cures for catastrophic childhood diseases. The hospital’s work is supported through funds raised by the American Lebanese Syrian Associated Charities (ALSAC). All St. Jude patients are treated regardless of their ability to pay. ALSAC covers all costs for families who have no insurance. For more information, please visit is a new kind of charity venture that combines the Internet with the world of entertainment in an effort to raise money and awareness for nonprofit organizations. The charity chosen by the celebrity receives 100 percent of the proceeds from the auctioned items.

Go to the ACM Celebrity Online Auction.