Reba Mcentire Biography
Reba McEntire is known as a famous country music singer, but little know that she spends a great majority of time donating to charities.
With tears streaming down her face, Reba McEntire walked up the stairs at The TNN Music City News Awards to accept the prestigious Minnie Pearl Award during the Awards show on June 15, 1998. Reba was honored with this award because of her charitable work with The Salvation Army, Texoma Medical Center, Children's Medical Research, and Habitat for Humanities.
Reba's humanitarian efforts began back in Oklahoma, when her high school band would perform benefits. She never dropped that volunteer energy and spirit even though today she is one of the biggest stars in country music. The Country Radio Broadcasters, who honored her with their humanitarian award in March of 1999 also recognized her charitable efforts.
In May of 1999, Reba was presented with the Salvation Army's award of being one of five outstanding Americans. The celebration was due to her many contributions to the Salvation Army's humanitarian efforts. Reba was also thanked that week for her efforts on behalf of the Oklahoma Children's Hospital with a $2 million research chair being named after her. The Reba McEntire Endowed Chair in Neonatology will be held at the Oklahoma University Health Sciences Center’s pediatrics department. Money for the chair was raised by E.K. Gaylord II and the Reba McEntire Pro Celebrity Rodeo “A Tribute to Ben Johnson.” This event, which included a silent auction and pro celebrity rodeo, raised a total of $630,000.
For 13 years, the dedicated volunteers of Texoma and Reba have worked hard to provide the Denison, Texas community a special Memorial Day event to raise money for Texoma Medial Center in Denison, Texas. During the time that Reba has come to Denison, her benefit events have raised $4.5 million dollars for projects at Texoma Medical Center. The annual Memorial Day events have raised money for Reba’s Ranch House, the TMC Reba McEntire Center for Rehabilitation, and the TMC Reba Mobile Mammography Unit. TMC’s nursery also is named in honor of Reba.
Because of her support of children’s literacy, the National Education Association asked Reba McEntire to record a PSA to promote Read Across America this year. Reba is the national spokesperson for First Book, a leading children’s literacy organization with a simple mission: to provide new books to low-income children lacking books of their own.
Anyone attending the first leg of Reba's tour this year was encouraged to bring non-perishable food items to the show to donate. In just six weeks, over 23,747 pounds of food were gathered to support USA Harvest. Reba's concert in Estero, FL in March brought in 6,506 lbs!
Reba McEntire is known as the "Queen of Country" music to her fans, but many others see her selfless, giving nature as being her true talent in life.