Carrie Underwood gives back to her home town
BY JENNIFER CHANCELLOR World Scene Writer
Friday, August 21, 2009
8/21/09 at 4:19 PM
Checotah native Carrie Underwood has established a fund to help with causes in her home town.
The country music superstarlet and "American Idol" winner recently founded the Checotah Animal, Town and School Foundation, or CATS, she announced this week.
“My hometown is extremely supportive of me and I feel blessed to be able to create something as a way of giving back -- to say thank you,” she said in a press statement emailed to the Tulsa World.
The foundation will help with general causes, needs and services in the area of Checotah to directly impact the community. Private resources will fund the assistance, Underwood's publicist said.
More information on the CATS Foundation’s first donation to the Checotah community will be announced soon, confirmed Jessie Schmidt, who handles PR for the singer.
Underwood's hometown population is about 3,500. Checotah is also home town to fellow Grand Ole Opry member Mel McDaniel.
In a separate announcement this week, the nonprofit organization Reading Is Fundamental (RIF) said it has partnered with "American Idol" season three winner Fantasia Barrino to promote Read for Change and raise awareness about the importance of children's literacy.
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Carrie Underwood soon will announce her first gift to her hometown CATS foundation, the singer announced this week.