Week of November 6, 2000




Tickets went on sale last weekend and remain on sale for the Sheryl Crow Benefit Concert Dec. 2 at the Show Me Center. The concert is scheduled for 7 p.m.

All proceeds from the concert will be divided equally to establish endowed scholarships for students enrolled in the School of Visual and Performing Arts at Southeast Missouri State University and at the Kennett Area Higher Education Center. The concert is being sponsored by Southeast Missouri State. Media partners for the event are KFVS12, the Southeast Missourian and Zimmer Radio Group.

The concert already is drawing interest from Crow fans across the country.

Peggy Sikarinthra of the Rockford, Ill., area says she and her husband are planning to attend in celebration of their wedding anniversary. This will be their first get-away weekend from their three sons since they were married.

"I'm a big fan of Sheryl's music, and we are meeting a few friends who are also coming in from other states," she said. "We are really looking forward to the show."

Concert tickets are $30 for lower level and floor seats and $25 for upper level seats. To order tickets or for ticket information, call the Show Me Center Box Office at (573) 651-5000 or go to theShow Me Center website.

There also are a limited number of sponsor tickets, which entitle ticket holders to preferred seating and a private gala. Sponsorship is available with a $250 contribution, $200 of which is tax deductible. Sponsor ticket holders will be seated in the first several rows on the floor or in Section 123 of the Show Me Center. They also will be entitled to a private champagne-dessert sponsors' gala with Sheryl following the concert, where they will have autograph and photo opportunities with the entertainer. Sponsor ticket holders also will receive reserved parking at Robert A. Dempster Hall with free transportation to and from the Show Me Center.

A seven-time Grammy winner, Crow gained mass popularity as a solo artist almost a year after the release of her 1993 debut album, "Tuesday Night Music Club," which rose up the charts after Crow's appearance at Woodstock in 1994.

Crow grew up in Kennett, exposed to music all her life. Her parents are amateur musicians who often played in big bands in Memphis, Tenn. She started singing in rock groups at 16. After receiving a degree in classical piano from the University of Missouri, Crow taught music at a St. Louis elementary school. Then, in 1986, the aspiring singer and songwriter moved to Los Angeles to pursue a career in the music business. Her first big break was singing backup on Michael Jackson's 1987-1988 "Bad Tour." She also was a backup singer for Don Henley, George Harrison, Joe Cocker, Stevie Wonder and Rod Stewart.

Her first album, "Tuesday Night Music Club," featured Crow's big hit, "All I Wanna Do." This became one of the major singles of 1994, reaching number two in the United States and number four in the United Kingdom.

A 1996 follow-up album was equally as successful as the first. Crow spent much of 1997 and 1998 on the road, playing select dates on the Rolling Stones' Bridges to Babylon tour and performing with the 1998 Lilith Fair. She released her third album, "The Globe Sessions," in the fall of 1998. The album was awarded a Grammy for Best Rock Album.

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V.F.W. Post 3838 recently made a gift of $2,000 to the Vernon L. Pruitt V.F.W. Restricted Scholarship to be awarded to Southeast Missouri State University students for the fall 2000 semester.

The scholarship was established through the Southeast Missouri University Foundation in 1998 with a gift from the Missouri V.F.W. Post 3838 in memory of Pruitt. He was V.F.W. Post 3838's only commander to hold this position at the time of his death.

Recipients must hold sophomore or higher student status and be either a U.S. military veteran who was honorably discharged or the son or daughter of a U.S. military veteran who was honorably discharged. Applicants must have achieved an overall 2.5 grade point average and a 3.0 grade point average in their major, and be a student from Southeast Missouri State University's 24-county primary service area. The level of achievement must be maintained to be eligible to reapply for the scholarship along with substantiating continuing financial need. Recipients are selected by the Scholarship Committee.

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