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OTRC: Sheryl Crow to auction Mercedes to benefit Joplin tornado victims

Sheryl Crow appears in an undated photo from her official Facebook account. (Facebook.com/CherylCrow)

Sheryl Crow has found a way to give back to her home state of Missouri, following the devastating tornadoes that ravaged the city of Joplin earlier this year.

The Grammy-winning country singer plans to auction off her 1959 Mercedes-Benz 190SL Roadster and donate the proceeds to Joplin, Missouri. The classic car was fully restored in 2005 and is estimated to be worth between $50,000 and $80,000. The white convertible has black leather upholstery.

"After the tornado in Joplin, I was moved to help rebuild a city so close to where I grew up in Missouri," Crow told CNN. "My hope is that the auction of my 1959 Mercedes-Benz 190 SL Roadster will bring in funds to help rebuild the schools in the area."

The Mercedes goes up for auction in Pebble Beach, California on August 21, 2011, following the Pebble Beach Concours d'Elegance tournament. The money will go to the Joplin Schools Recovery Fund, according to the Associated Press.

The singer has also started a new program, Music Gives to St. Jude Kids, which will allow fans buying concert tickets to make a donation to help children being treated for cancer at St. Jude Children's Research Hospital.

Crow is a breast cancer survivor and has two adopted sons, Wyatt Steven Crow, 4, and Levi James Crow, who turned one this year.

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