By Tim Saunders on
The fastest selling solo artist in music history, Garth Brooks, is to release two versions of his latest album, one dedicated exclusively to charity.
The Pink Edition of “Garth Brooks – The Ultimate Hits” will be released on November 6, and will only be available through Susan G. Komen for the Cure's online Promise Shop. The CD packages will be priced at $15, with $10 going to Komen, whose mission is to find a cure for breast cancer.
The three-disc set includes 30 classics, plus 3 new songs, as well as a bonus track. It also features a DVD that contains 33 videos, including new and never-before-seen footage. The Pink Edition packages will also contain information on breast health and breast cancer, and an instructional card on breast self-examination.
“Through the release of this very special, and very pink, edition of The Ultimate Hits, Garth Brooks is actively joining Susan G. Komen for the Cure in our promise to end breast cancer forever,” said Hala Moddelmog, cancer survivor and President and Chief Executive of the non-profit organization. “We’re excited about the potential of this relationship, and we’re grateful that Garth is featuring important breast health and breast cancer information from Komen with the album. Through this example of his artistry and generosity, Garth is giving Komen a unique opportunity to raise significant dollars and reach millions of people, ultimately helping us to save lives.”
Brooks said he was inspired to donate the proceeds to charity after watching his wife train for and take part in Breast Cancer 3-Day, an event that challenged people to walk 60 miles over three days, with pledges and donations going to Komen and the National Philanthropic Trust Breast Cancer Fund.
“It was a heck of a lot easier than me trying to walk 60 miles,” joked Brooks.
A host of other celebrities have also been raising money for Susan G. Komen for the Cure in October.
Kelly Clarkson, David Arquette, Courteney Cox, and Toby Keith have joined with the casts of Desperate Housewives, Grey’s Anatomy, Brothers And Sisters, and The Young And The Restless to sign and decorate limited edition, 1/18th scale models of Ford’s newest car, the 2008 Mustang.
The models were auctioned off on eBay, with Clarkson’s selling for over $2,660, as part of Ford’s Warriors in Pink campaign. Since it was launched in 2006, Ford’s Warriors In Pink has raised more than $90 million for breast cancer causes, recognizing the strength and courage it takes to deal with the challenges of the disease.
Warriors In Pink also has a range of apparel for men and women available that feature important symbols of hope, strength, and unity. The designs are added to every year, and $1.1 million was raised in 2006 for the cause from the sale of the clothing.
To celebrate Susan G. Komen for the Cure’s 25th Anniversary, Ford has also announced they will be giving $250 from the public sale of each new 2008 Ford Mustang to the charity.
More information about the auction, which also features models signed and decorated by Rachael Ray and Richard Simmons, can be found at www.fordcares.com. The new Garth Brooks – The Ultimate Hits Pink Edition CD is available exclusively through www.komen.org/garth, and other items for sale to benefit the breast cancer cause can be viewed at www.ebay.com/breastcancer.
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