Hello everyone - sorry for the long post, but we’d appreciate it if you’d read and share it. The Sheryl Crow Birthday Drive is here again! This year, it’s also a tribute to a dear friend. And we need your help to make it the biggest year ever in his honor.
As many of you know, Gregg Dempsey passed away on New Year’s Eve. Gregg was instrumental in setting up the Sheryl Crow Fan Forum, was a moderator, and helped the members inaugurate the Birthday Drive. Through this process, he became connected to Sheryl’s hometown of Kennett, and to many of the people there. He was more than a super fan; Gregg was an energizer. His friends in Kennett feel a deep sense of personal loss. Gregg was single and is survived by his mother and brother Keith....and many, many heartbroken friends. Read Sheryl's post about Gregg here: http://www.sherylcrow.com/updates/memoriam-gregg-dempsey-29621
In 2001, a group of fans decided to honor Sheryl's birthday by giving her a gift - a donation to the Delta Children’s in her hometown of Kennett, MO, one of her favorite causes. Providing emergency foster care for children in the area since 1966, Delta Children’s Home had long been supported by Sheryl and her family, with both her brother and her mom serving on the DCH Board of Directors. The first year, around $1600.00 was raised. The Fan Forum Birthday Drive became an annual fundraiser, raising over $200,000 since it’s inception. The biggest year was 2014, when $15,200.00 was raised for the DCH children. This year, in honor of Gregg and with your much needed help, we’d like to surpass that record.
Gregg helped the Birthday Drive run every year and was a huge part of why it became such a success. But he shunned any credit or praise for his efforts, because the Birthday Drive was developed by Sheryl’s loyal fans. It was their idea, brought about by their shared love of Sheryl’s music, their acts of generosity & love of children. Despite the key role Gregg played, he considered himself merely a facilitator of this very worthy cause. Sadly, Gregg is no longer here to act as shepherd, a role he played so well because of his huge heart and intellect.
Attached is a picture of Sheryl and the 2016 Birthday Drive Guitar. It is a Limited Edition American Standard Telecaster, Sonic Blue with Custom Shop pick-ups. It is gorgeous, plays like butter, and one lucky fan will win it, with a personalized autograph from Sheryl. This year, we’re asking everyone to dig a little deeper, donate just a little bit more, to make it the biggest ever for the Delta Children’s Home. It would be a wonderful way to honor Gregg’s memory.
By making a donation to the Delta Children’s Home, you are automatically entered with a chance to win. The Grand Prize winner will be on February 12th, the day after Sheryl’s birthday (February 11th). Donations are open now - no donation is too small or too large!
Make your contribution to DCH either by sending a PayPal donation to SherylDCH@yahoo.com
or by mailing cash or checks to:
Delta Children’s Home – Birthday Drive
P O Box 573
Kennett, MO 63857
Find out more about the Delta Children's Home here: http://www.deltachildrenshome.com/
Got questions or need help? Contact the Birthday Drive at:
Thanks everyone. Together, let’s make this the biggest Birthday Drive ever!
Team Sheryl & The Sheryl Crow Birthday Drive