Velogal's Blog

Monday, May 23, 2005

Here's more news about the LAF Live Strong Gala. This is from the Sheryl Crow Fan Site and comes via our friend, Ann, in Belgium, who is both a SC fan and a LA fan.

"Sheryl plays at the LAF Gala Friday May 20th.

Rumors of a ‘breakup’ were viewed about as realistic as world peace as some 800 people saw Sheryl and Lance together at the annual Lance Armstrong Foundation Gala in Austin, Texas on Friday night.

The event recognised the success of selling 50 million Livestrong armbands and noted how instrumental Scott MacEachran of Nike was in reaching that goal. The Gala is also a celebration of the success of the LAF as a solid soldier pursuing the fight against cancer and in doing so, raised a ton of cash. As you can guess from that er...loose description..we don’t have the exact figures…however we did witness auctions for things like a trip to the Tour de France to hang out with the Discovery Team go for $205,000 and someone else paid $35,000 to be stripped of their dignity and be the focus of a “What Not to Wear’ episode.

Auctions for real physical articles generated more funds and ranged from things like guitars (obtained with the help from SC) signed by Bruce Springsteen, The Eagles, Sting and of course Sheryl….also on the block were boxing gloves signed by Muhammed Ali, shirts actually worn by Lance during the TdF…and of course a very trick carbon fibre Trek bike.

At the end of the evening Sheryl along with Tim Smith and Peter Stroud played 4 acoustic emotion laden songs. ‘Strong Enough’… stripped down like never before…’I Know Why’ and ‘Wildflower’ 2 tracks to be on the as yet untitled forthcoming record slated for a Sept 26th release….and finally the driving upbeat ‘Winding Road’."

Thanks to Ann and to the Sheryl Crow fan club site....

I read that the bidding for the day at the Tour with the Discovery Channel team was between two people, both bidding up to $100k: When the next bid up'ed it to $105k, the other bidder stood up and said to give the Tour trip to the $105k bidder guy, and that he would also donate his $100k to the LAF. So that's how the DC Day Tour trip got to $205,000. Wow.....


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