“Happy 82 to my best friend, lover and partner in crime for the last 3 decades! He is truly the best person I know!!! — celebrating his birthday.”
— Annie Nelson
Willie Nelson’s guitar ‘Trigger’ waits on the South Lawn for the show.
Willie Nelson, Mary J. Blige, John Fogerty, Romeo Santos and Common were invited to sing at the White House today in support of veterans and the military. Military service members and their families will be in the audience. The show will air on PBS on November 7th. Check your local listings.
Annie Nelson watches Willie Nelson at sound check.
Willie & Annie Nelson accepted the #ALSIceBucketChallenge, while standing under their lemon tree, so it would benefit from the water. They will be making a donation to ALS Association, as well as to these other organizations: The Waterkeeper Alliance, Blood: Water Mission, and A Drop in the Bucket.
For more information or to make a donation for any of these organizations, visit:
Dr. Eric Olson, the Chair of Molecular Biology at UT Southwestern and Annie and Willie Nelson Professor in Stem Cell Research, accepts the #ALSicebucketchallenge from his lab and miRagen Therapeutics and challenges his friends Willie Nelson and Dirk Nowitzki to follow in his footsteps.
Dr. Eric Olsen sent this video and challenge to Annie Nelson today. Dr. Olsen is the doctor who holds the Willie & Annie Nelson Stem Cell Professorship at UT Southwest in Dallas.
Annie Nelson responded:
“I may do the ice bucket, but it will be over my lemon tree & be the water for the day, and we will be donating not only to ALS, but to the following;
The Waterkeeper Alliance is a network of sustainable organizations across the U.S. Each organization is the voice for its community, made up of people who defend their local watershed by tracking down polluters, speaking out in courtrooms, classrooms and town meetings for every person’s right to clean fishable, swimmable, drinkable water. The Alliance keeps local Waterkeepers connected and provides them with legal support and the educational resources they will need to defend their local waterways. The website provides an opportunity for anyone to get involved by making a donation or becoming a Waterkeeper. Visit the Save our Gulf website to make a donation toward the Alliance’s effort to save the Gulf Coast from the recent BP oil disaster.
Blood: Water Mission was founded by the Grammy award-winning band, Jars of Clay. The water charity works to promote sustainable solutions to both the HIV/Aids crisis and the water crisis in Africa. Through community empowerment, Blood: Water Mission has succeeded in creating and maintaining several HIV/Aids clinics along with thousands of water projects, including drilled wells, rain catchments and Biosand filtration. Fundraising campaigns include walks for water and sacrificial commitments to drink only water for two weeks or forty days, donating the money that would normally be spent on other beverages to Blood: Water Mission’s efforts. The organization also advocates creating your own campaign to raise funds.
A Drop in the Bucket seeks out innovative technological solutions to water and sanitation problems. Started by a group of ordinary people in Los Angeles, this non-profit organization works to provide water wells and sanitation systems to schools in Africa. A Drop in the Bucket is a water charity that encourages people to get involved by making donations and by spreading awareness.
Aloha & Peace,