Willie Nelson Auctions Masks with His Autograph to Raise Money for More Protective Equipment
Willie Nelson came up with a unique way to get more face masks out to the public. He signed his name on the masks he got from fellow Texas resident Tanya Boike and auctioned them off.
Currently, Boike has them listed on the FrontLine-Angels auction website. The starting bid for each mask is $200. So far, fans have bid over $2,000 for each mask.
As reported by Taste Of Country, Boike is a friend of Nelson's granddaughter, Noelle Ward. She has been making cloth masks and giving them out to people around her neighborhood to help moderate the spread of the novel coronavirus disease.
Boike chose to send a few masks to Nelson and his wife, Annie D'Angelo. Instead of keeping the protective gear they received, Nelson signed his name on the masks.
The legendary musician dreams to now have those masks sold so the cash can go toward producing and distributing more free personal protective equipment (PPE).
In an interview with CBS affiliate KTRK, Boike opened up about the charitable efforts of Nelson, who made his first movie appearance in the 1979 film "The Electric Horseman."
HIS ACT OF KINDNESS
"[Noelle] texted me a few minutes later and said, 'Pops would rather sign these and have them auction them off," Boike said. "That way, you can get more materials and keep making these masks for free.'"
Boike added that she just lost it since that is not what she had made them for. Meanwhile, speaking about her grandfather's act of kindness, Ward said, "Well, that's him. That's who he is. That's him every day."
Aside from being a vocalist, Nelson is also a prolific actor and an author.
As reported by Taste Of Country, Nelson served as the musical guest on a recent episode of the "Late Show With Stephen Colbert."
During the remote show, the acclaimed country singer brought new life to his old song, "Hello Walls." He enlisted the help of his two children, sons Lukas and Micah, for his performance.
In 2019, Nelson wowed fans when he covered Guy Clark's hit song, "My Favorite Picture of You" on "The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon."
Nelson was promoting his 69th studio album "Ride Me Back Home," which includes his cover of Clark's song, at the time.
Nelson, who shot to fame with the critical success of his 1973 album "Shotgun Willie," has been involved in activism for the legalization of marijuana.
Aside from being a vocalist, Nelson is also a prolific actor and an author. In spite of his age, the star isn't giving indications of stopping. He keeps on finding pure joy in making music and performing for his devoted fans.
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