Archive for the ‘Good causes’ Category

Happy New Years Eve 2019

Tuesday, December 31st, 2019
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Willie Nelson, Save the Hospital Benefit (5/13/01)

Tuesday, November 26th, 2019

Willie Nelson benefit for Moulton Community Medical Clinic (June 4, 1976)

Sunday, November 3rd, 2019

Willie Nelson & Dianne Reeves at T. J. Martell Fundraising Gala (10/28/2009)

Monday, October 28th, 2019

On October 28, 2009, Willie Nelson and jazz vocalist Dianne Reeves performed at the T.J. Martell Foundation’s 34th annual fundraising gala at the Hilton New York Hotel in New York City. The foundation is devoted to research to find cures and treatments for leukemia, cancer and AIDS. The gala also honored Michael Jackson with the organization’s Legend Award. Jackson is the single largest donor in the T.J. Martell Foundation’s 34-year history.

Willie Nelson at LiveStrong fundraiser, Austin, TX (10/24/2008)

Thursday, October 24th, 2019

On October 24, 2008, Willie Nelson performed at Lance Armstrong fundraiser in Austin.  Photos thanks to:

Brian Dowd, cancer survivor, was at the event, and posted at his blog

“After the guest speakers we then made our way out side to sit on bails of hay and listen to country music legend Willie Nelson.  All I can say is WOW!    Willie blew everyone away and I think converted a few people who were not into country music.

After Willie finished his set Lance came on stage to thank Willie and his band for performing and there was a funny moment. Lance said he could not go on Willie’s bus b/c he has a new job (i.e. back to cycling) which made everyone laugh.”

Willie Nelson at the Bridge School Benefit (Oct. 22, 23, 2016)

Tuesday, October 22nd, 2019

Thank you Willie Nelson and Willie’s Reserve

Thursday, October 10th, 2019

Willie Nelson joins Chris Stapleton, “Concert for Kentucky” (April 25, 2020)

Wednesday, October 2nd, 2019
by: Joseph Hudack

Chris Stapleton is raising funds for his home state of Kentucky with a special one-off concert next April.

Titled “A Concert for Kentucky,” the event will feature Stapleton along with guests Willie Nelson, Sheryl Crow, and U.K. singer-songwriter Yola. The event is slated to take place at the University of Kentucky’s Kroger Field in Lexington on April 25th of 2020, with all net proceeds benefitting Chris and his wife Morgane Stapleton’s Outlaw State of Kind Hometown Fund. The charity aims to support local and national organizations “directly impacting Kentucky,” with an emphasis on music and arts education.

Stapleton has been a devoted champion of his home state. Earlier this summer, he and Morgane made a $10,000 donation to Habitat for Humanity’s Lexington chapter, and in 2016, he returned to his former high school in Paintville, Kentucky, to donate nearly $60,000 in musical instruments.

Tickets for “A Concert for Kentucky” go on sale October 11th. Stapleton is currently on the road with his All-American Road Show Tour, with dates in Missouri, Oklahoma, and Memphis set for this weekend. In August, he made a surprise appearance onstage in Nashville with John Mayer to debut a new song he and the pop-rock guitarist wrote the day prior, “I Just Remembered That I Didn’t Care.”

Read article at Rolling Stone website.

Willie Nelson Wears Bold Nebraska “Pipeline Fighter” Hat in PBS Documentary “Country Music”

Tuesday, October 1st, 2019
by: Mark Hefflinger

We love Willie Nelson!!! Check out the Pipeline Fighter hat he’s sporting in the new Ken Burns PBS documentary “Country Music.”

The new film from the award-winning documentarian premieres on PBS on Sunday, Sept. 15 at 7pm CT. #NoKXL #PipelineFighter

Purchase your own Pipeline Fighter trucker hat from the Bold Nebraska online store:

Guitar signed by Willie Nelson up for auction to benefit Trash Makeover Challenge in Austin

Sunday, September 8th, 2019

It’s the sort of challenge you might hear about on “Project Runway” — a “trash” makeover challenge! Local designer Megan Pinto stopped by to tell us about how they’re saving the environment with superhero-themed.

Megan Pinto is an artist/designer who is competing in the 9th Annual Trash Makeover Challenge, which showcases garments made from 90% recycled materials and reconstructed textiles. This is her third time competing; she was a finalist last year.

The 9th Annual Trash Makeover Challenge will be Saturday, Sept. 14, starting at 6 p.m. Tickets start at $55, which includes the fashion show, food, performance by Drag Queen Diana Fyre and the dance party afterward. There is also a live and silent auction. The live auction includes a Recording King Acoustic Guitar from Austin Vintage Guitars, signed by Willie Nelson, Steve Earle, Patty Griffin, Bobbie Nelson, Nathaniel Rateliff, Steve Earle, Rodney Crowell, Joe Ely, Hayes Carll, Terry & Jo Harvey Allen, Eleanor Whitmore and Chris Masterson of The Mastersons; and Savanah Welch. Two SXSW Film Badges will also be in the live auction. The silent auction is loaded with ACL passes, jewelry, restaurant gift cards, tickets to performances, activities and museums, consultations for landscaping and architecture, health and beauty services, classes and much more.

Judges for this year’s Challenge are former Texas State Senator Wendy Davis; Samuel Alexander, founder and CEO, Concept 2 Consumption; Alberta Phillips, former Austin American Statesman editorial, and Fashion Designer Hunter Nelson.

The Trash Makeover Challenge is an annual fundraiser for Texas Campaign for the Environment, the largest environmental group in the state. The organization empowers Texans to fight pollution through sustained grassroots organizing campaigns that shift corporate and governmental policy. Major donors to the event include Salt Lick, Arts + Labor, Core Design, Prosperity Bank, Texas Disposal Systems, Peggy & Matt Winkler, Liquid Environmental Solutions, H.E.B. Learn more at

“We are the world”

Saturday, August 31st, 2019

Be Willie kind to animals

Thursday, August 22nd, 2019

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“We can all find a way to help” — Willie Nelson

Sunday, August 4th, 2019

Willie Nelson, Dixie Chicks perform at private fundraiser (June 23, 2012)

Tuesday, July 23rd, 2019
by: Neil Vigdor

The country music legend — of “lonestar belt buckles and old faded Levis” fame — will headline a private fundraiser at the swanky Belle Haven Club June 23, Greenwich Time has learned.

The invitation-only concert will benefit the China Care Foundation, a charity established by Matt Dalio, a Brunswick School and Harvard graduate who is the son of billionaire hedge fund boss Ray Dalio.

The Dixie Chicks, who vaulted to the top of the country and pop charts in 1998 with songs such as “Wide Open Spaces” and “There’s Your Trouble,” will open for Nelson.

First Selectman Peter Tesei characterized the caliber of performers as a testament to the positive work of the foundation, which provides medical care, educational opportunities and a nurturing environment for Chinese orphans.

“Well, they know it’s for a good cause, so they’re probably willing to step up for it,” said Tesei, who is planning to attend the concert.

Nelson, 79, a seven-time Grammy winner synonymous with hits such as “On the Road Again,” “Mamma’s Don’t Let Your Babies Grow Up to Be Cowboys” and “Always on My Mind,” is the latest A-lister to commit to the annual event.

Previous acts have included Dave Matthews, Eric Clapton, B.B. King, Sheryl Crow, Carlos Santana and the Allman Brothers.

“It’s a great event that they put on, on our behalf,” said Sarah Cramer, a coordinator for the Westport-based charity.

Farm Aid this is not, however.

The yacht club is located at the far end of a private peninsula with its own security force supplemented by off-duty Greenwich police officers hired by the music-obsessed hedge fund kingmaker.

Admission to the event, where music royalty perform under a large tent against the backdrop of Long Island Sound, is expected to surpass last year’s cover charge of $3,000 a head.

Bootlegging boaters have managed to circumvent the hefty cover, anchoring off the club in makeshift flotillas.

The younger Dalio, who is 27 and is slated to get his MBA from Stanford University this year, formed the nonprofit organization in 2000.

Dalio developed a keen interest in helping orphans after living and attending school in China as an 11-year-old. He became exposed to the orphanage system during a visit when he was 16.

“The whole story of China Care is quite moving in terms of Matt Dalio’s initial thoughts and ideas to do something as a young person and for it to flourish into something as big as it is,” Tesei said.

Dalio’s father is the founder of Westport-based hedge fund Bridgewater Associates and the 44th richest person in America on the list of billionaires, up from 55th last year.

A message seeking comment from the elder Dalio, who subsidizes the Greenwich Town Party, a Memorial Day weekend concert in its second year that lured Paul Simon and Dave Matthews, was left Monday at his hedge fund.

In Beijing, the China Care Foundation jointly operates a medical home for handicapped orphans with the Half the Sky Foundation.

There are now an estimated 50 China Care clubs at colleges and schools, including Brunswick, where the Chinese language department was endowed by the Dalio family in 2002.

“We do have a lot of student supporters,” Cramer said.

Both Nelson and the Dixie Chicks are not in the least bit shy when it comes to politics.

In 2003, Natalie Maines, the lead singer of the all-female trio and outspoken critic of President George W. Bush and the Iraq war, told concert-goers in London that she was “ashamed the president of the United States is from Texas.”

Nelson is a stanch supporter of decriminalizing pot and serves on the advisory board of NORML, the National Organization for the Reform of Marijuana Laws.

On June 1, Connecticut became the 17th state to legalize medical marijuana.

Nelson also sells his own brand of biodiesel fuel and his tour bus runs on vegetable oil.

So which one of Nelson’s songs is the personal favorite of Tesei, Greenwich’s chief elected official?

You guessed it.

“On the Road Again,” Tesei said.

Read article here.

Toby Keith’s Oklahoma Twister Concert Slideshow (July 6, 2013)

Saturday, July 6th, 2019
On July 6, 2013, over 60,000 fans gathered to hear Toby Keith and his friends, and support the people devastated by at Tornado. The concert was held at the University of Oklahoma’s Memorial Stadium in Norman, Okla., just outside Oklahoma City and not far from Moore, a town hit hard by tornado in May of 2013.  Along with Toby Keith, was Willie Nelson, Garth Brooks, Trisha Yearwood, Ronnie Dunn, Mel Tillis, John Anderson, Sammy Hagar, Krystal Keith, Kellie Coffey, and (via satellite) Carrie Underwood. Related: Toby Keith Talks Oklahoma Tornado Relief Concert Despite the heat, remained energetic throughout, both for the artists and the cause. Proceeds from the concert will benefit the United Way of Central Oklahoma May Tornadoes Relief Fund.