Wednesday, February 11, 2009
– LeAnn Rimes will receive the Home Depot Humanitarian Award from the Academy of Country Music, it was announced today. The award will be presented during the 44th Annual Academy of Country Music Awards from Las Vegas Sunday, April 5.
Rimes has been particularly devoted to children's causes. She previously served as the International Spokesperson for Children's Miracle Network, which secures top-flight medical care for sick kids, and has supported Camp C.O.P.E., a service that teaches the children of wounded veterans to deal with their parents' altered lives. In 2007, Rimes partnered with Kellogg to draw attention to disabled veterans when she was featured on patriotic cereal boxes. She recorded the song I Want You With Me for this project and donated all proceeds from the song to the cause.
Rimes also financed construction of the LeAnn Rimes Adventure Gym at the Vanderbilt Children's Hospital in Nashville by contributing royalties from her 2000 hit single, I Need You. Additionally, she is an ardent supporter of the Nashville Humane Association and continues to speak out on the need to treat animals compassionately.
"I feel blessed to be able to help," said Rimes. "I strive to be actively involved in my community with my time and my heart, and I've been touched by the spirit and bravery of those I have encountered along the way. I'm honored that The Home Depot and the Academy have chosen to recognize my work and spread awareness of the worthy causes that inspire me."
Rimes will receive a crystal trophy designed by Tiffany & Co. during the live CBS telecast. She will also be honored with a playground donated by The Home Depot and their national nonprofit partner KaBOOM!, which envisions a great place to play within walking distance of every child in America. The playground will be built by The Home Depot volunteers and community members in the city of Rimes' choice.
"Philanthropy and giving back are core values at The Home Depot and something we share with the country music community," said Frank Bifulco, senior vice president and chief marketing officer at The Home Depot. "We're honored to recognize LeAnn for her long-standing dedication to helping those in need and raising awareness for the causes she supports. She represents the values of charitable giving and community service held by both The Home Depot and the Academy of Country Music."