Jo Dee Messina has launched the A Million Doors Campaign in an effort to raise $2.3 million dollars for Holy Trinity Montessori School in Nashville. The funds will go towards building a brand new 6,000 square-foot school building to house up to 125 students. Jo Dee wrote a special song for the effort called “Carry Me” which is available for a $1 donation at www.amilliondoors.com.
“If you contribute one dollar, you can help make a dream come true,” said Jo Dee. “I tour around the country and spend a great deal of time listening to people’s stories. Lately it seems that with all the sadness in the news–wars, politics, economy, etc.–people need a little restoration of hope.”
Jo Dee worked closely with her label, Curb Records, and the songwriter of “Carry Me” for the single’s release. Mike Curb, President of Curb Records, allowed Jo Dee to release the single independently and the songwriter, Jared Anderson, waived his royalties to allow all funds from the purchase of the song to go towards the school. Jo Dee will also raise funds through a series of concerts (dates to be announced).
“This isn’t about just a cause I believe in or the latest celebrity charity,” said Jo Dee. “I want this campaign to show that even in a time when people feel there is little hope, that there IS hope and dreams still DO come true. I chose it because we need people from all over to carry us with their support to make this dream come true.”
Jo Dee has a reputation for devoting herself to causes she believes in. She has served as an ambassador for the Special Olympics, organized 5K charity runs for St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital and Christmas performances benefitting downtown Nashville’s Harvest Hands Community Development Corporation and, most recently, participated in a speaking engagement benefitting the Red Cross.