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The second annual MJ&M fundraising event promises repeat success, with an all-star lineup, including Sheryl Crow.

By Courtney Bell

pg40-mackjackThe Mack, Jack & McConaughey fundraising event is back, announcing nine-time Grammy Award-winning artist Sheryl Crow as the gala headliner. This two-day event in Austin raises money for nonprofit organizations that dedicate themselves to empowering children. Past organizations that have received support from the MJ&M fundraising event include The Rise School of Austin, just keep livin Foundation, HeartGift, CureDuchenne and Grounded in Music.

With last year’s record-breaking event raising nearly $1 million, Mack Brown, Jack Ingram and Matthew McConaughey have set a huge bar for 2014. Kicking off the weekend is the gala, live auction and live performance by Sheryl Crow at ACL Live at the Moody Theater the night of April 24. Last year’s live auction saw special appearances by University of Texas Football alumni such as Vince Young and Colt McCoy, as well as Roger Clemens, former New York Yankees starting pitcher.

pg40-croweCrow has released eight studio albums, a quadruple-platinum greatest hits collection and a Christmas album. America’s songbird sweetheart previously lived in Austin during her relationship with Lance Armstrong. Her long-awaited return promises a night of chart-topping hits and songs from her new album, Feels Like Home, a country record she is currently touring with.

Friday promises a full day of golf, fashion and more music. The Celebrity Classic Golf Tournament will be held at the Barton Creek Country Club and is open to the public. The Neiman Marcus fashion show begins with a private VIP reception with dinner. Finishing off the weekend is the annual performance by Jack Ingram with a VIP dinner and after party. The concert is open to the public with a purchased ticket. Sally and Mack Brown say they are ecstatic for this year’s MJ&M event full of fun for a great cause.

“Sally and I are committed to making 2014 an even better year,” Mack Brown says. “We are so excited to see friends and experience another year of excellent music, terrific golf, a once-in-a-lifetime fashion event and VIP parties.”

The VIP golf tournament, along with VIP receptions, dinners and the after party to the Jack Ingram concert are available with sponsorship packages. These event packages range from individual events to bundled packages and are detailed on the newly re-launched MJ&M site. Tickets for the Sheryl Crow concert are on sale and available online. For more information, visit mackjackmcconaughey.org or email info@mackjackmcconaughey.org.

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