Grammy Award-winning singer-songwriter Sheryl Crow will headline a concert at Kent State University on Sept. 8 at 6 p.m. at Dix Stadium in Kent. The “Centennial Campaign” concert to benefit the Campaign for Change Scholarship Fund serves as a celebration of the conclusion of Kent State’s Centennial Campaign, a $250-million fundraising effort timed around university’s 100th anniversary in 2010 and the largest campaign in Kent State’s history.
To date, the university has exceeded its goal, raising more than $256 million for endowment, capital projects and current operating funds, with emphasis on student scholarships. The concert is presented by the Kent State University Foundation, a not-for-profit entity that is legally separate from the university.
The “Centennial Campaign” concert featuring Crow also will include Los Lonely Boys, a band from Texas whose debut single, “Heaven,” won the Grammy Award for Best Pop Performance by a Duo or Group with Vocal in 2005. A third major band will be revealed at a later date.
Tickets go on sale Tuesday, April 17, at 10 a.m. and are available through Ticketmaster (www.ticketmaster.com) and at the Kent State Ticket Office, which is located at the Memorial Athletic and Convocation Center (MAC Center) on the Kent Campus. Tickets are $50 for chair back seats and $35 for bleacher seats. Special ticket pricing for Kent State students is available from the Kent State Ticket Office with $30 student floor seats (standing room only) and $20 bleacher seats. A valid Kent State student ID must be presented at the Kent State Ticket Office to receive the student discount. The Sept. 8 concert will occur rain or shine with doors opening at 5 p.m. and a 6 p.m. concert start time.
A portion of ticket sales from the concert will go directly to support Kent State’s Campaign for Change Scholarship Fund, the university’s student philanthropy initiative, kicking off the next round of fundraising for student scholarships. The Campaign for Change enlists student volunteers to educate their peers about the impact of private support on their education and to encourage students to “pay it forward” supporting an endowed scholarship fund.
Since its launch in 2007, the Campaign for Change has raised more than $65,000 from students, parents, faculty and staff. Student gifts range from as little as $1 to as large as $200. In 2009, the fund reached the $25,000 threshold required to endow it, meaning Kent State students have left a legacy that will aid their peers, current and future, in perpetuity. For more information about Kent State’s Campaign for Change Scholarship Fund, visit www.campaign-for-change.org.