Steve Wariner to Recieve Hope Award From Mount Sinai Kravis Children's Hosptial Hall Family Center
Award To Be Presented During Fourth Annual Champions of Diabetes Dinner & Celebration on June 3
Steve Wariner has long been known for his formidable talents as a Grammy®-winning singer, songwriter, producer and musician. Tomorrow he will be honored with the Hope Award from Mount Sinai Kravis Children's Hospital Hall Family Center for Pediatric Endocrinology and Diabetes for his work on behalf of the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation (JDRF). This is the first time that the Hope Award has been presented to someone from outside the medical field.
Wariner will accept the award and perform "There Will Come a Day (Holly's Song)" during the Fourth Annual Champions of Diabetes Dinner & Celebration at the St. Regis Hotel in New York. He initially wrote the song, with lyrics speaking to the parents of any child with a disability or illness, to perform at a JDRF gala. He included it on his 2003 Steal Another Day album and gave it to the JDRF to use for promotional and fund-raising purposes.
Diabetes has had a personal effect on Wariner, whose stepdaughter, Holly, was diagnosed with the disease as a child. Wariner was the Honorary Celebrity Chair for the 2000 and 2001 Walks to Cure Diabetes in Nashville. In 2001 and 2003 he joined the JDRF Children's Congress in Washington, DC, to raise awareness of the need for juvenile diabetes research and to lobby for stem cell research. He and Holly have also recorded public service announcements for JDRF and have done several interviews to raise awareness of the need for diabetes research.
In 2002 the JDRF Middle Tennessee Chapter honored Wariner at its Reds, Whites and Tunes Gala in Nashville for his work on behalf of the organization. He performed at the event and donated several items to the silent auction, all of which helped raise
$ 650,000 for the Johnny Russell Memorial Grant for juvenile diabetes research at Nashville's Vanderbilt University Medical Center. In 2006 Wariner received the JDRF Angel Award from the Los Angeles Chapter, and he received the JDRF Mike Coleman Award from the Knoxville Chapter in 2004.
"I'm deeply honored to receive the Hope Award," said Wariner. "Mount Sinai does incredible work and research, and we're all committed to finding a cure for diabetes. I feel blessed to be able to use my talents in any way to join that effort."
Steve Wariner was inducted into the Music City Walk of Fame in April. The Walk of Fame recognizes those from all genres of music who have made significant contributions to preserving the musical heritage of Nashville and have contributed to the world through song or other industry collaboration.
Wariner began his career at the age of 17 when he joined Dottie West's band as her bass player. He has recorded over 30 top-10 songs, including 14 #1's-songs like "The Weekend," "Small Town Girl," "Some Fools Never Learn," "Tips of My Fingers" and "Where Did I Go Wrong." He has also written many hit songs recorded by others, including Garth Brooks' "Longneck Bottle, " Keith Urban's "Where the Blacktop Ends" and Clint Black's "Nothin' But The Taillights." His songwriting skills have earned him 16 BMI Country Awards and 10 BMI Million-Air Awards (for songs receiving over one million on-air plays).
In addition to his songwriting awards, Wariner has won two Grammy® Awards-in 1992 for Best Country Vocal Collaboration and in 2000 for Best Country Instrumental. He won the Country Music Association's Single and Song of the Year awards in 1998 for his #1 hit, "Holes in the Floor of Heaven," which was also the Academy of Country Music's Song of the Year in 1999.
Wariner has three gold albums to his credit-I Am Ready (Arista), Burnin' the Roadhouse Down and Two Teardrops (Capitol). He joined the Grand Ole Opry in 1996. In 2002 he started his own label, SelecTone Records, for which he has released three albums-Steal Another Day, Guitar Christmas and This Real Life.
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