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Miscellaneous Thu Sep 09 2010

Neko Case Auctions Car For 826 National


How's this for a dream date: "Country noir" superstar Neko Case will pick you up in "Angie Dickinson," her 1967 Mercury Cougar, and sing you songs about the moon as you dodge the authorities and plan your new life. OK, well, part of that dream can come true if you've the coin: she's auctioning off that very car, pictured on her 2009 album Middle Cyclone, in the Mercury Cougar-Rama Muscle Car 'Splosion to benefit Dave Eggers' 826 National. A nonprofit with branches in nine cities (including Chicago), 826 National is dedicated to helping students, ages 6-18, with expository and creative writing. Each chapter offers after-school tutoring, field trips, workshops, and in-school programs - all free of charge - for children, classes, and schools with particular interests or particular needs. "Reading saved my life," Case said. "As a kid, books sparked my imagination and gave me a place to look forward to outside of my bad situation and poverty. They prop open the doorway to ANY path. You become fascinated by the world of learning and suddenly, there is nothing you can't do. I am so proud to be a part of this event, and I hope to do 826 proud with this auction."

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