Emmy winner Jim Salestrom plays benefit concert Friday for Children’s Global Alliance
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What: Emmy Award winner Jim Salestrom in concert.
When: 7 p.m. Friday, Jan. 8.
Where: Battle Mountain High School, 151 Miller Ranch Road, Edwards.
More information: The concert is a benefit for Children’s Global Alliance, which sends local kids to do volunteer work in developing countries. Buy tickets at the door, or in advance by emailing JeanetteMcMurtry@gmail.com. For information about Children’s Global Alliance, go to http://www.childrensglobalalliance.org.
EDWARDS — It’s great music for a great cause, said Jim Salestrom.
Salestrom, who has won two Emmys, will host a benefit concert on Friday for Children’s Global Alliance, a local nonprofit that sends children around the world to work in developing nations.
“This is a wonderfully worthy cause. You realize how lucky we are and how grateful we should be and not take it for granted,” Salestrom said.
You’ve probably seen him, or at least heard him. He has appeared on “The Tonight Show,” “The Ellen Degeneres Show” and for audiences worldwide.
He has been performing with Dolly Parton on and off since 1979 and was part of her world tour two years ago. He was with John Denver during Denver’s glory years.
“I’m not particularly famous, but I’ve been around people who are really lucky and really famous. I get to be a side guy and watch it, which is often better,” Salestrom said. “You really get to see the parade when you’re hanging around there.”
He jokes that he travels so much his address should be B Concourse, Gate 34 most of the time. The rest of the time, he lives in Big Sky, Montana. He lived in Breckenridge until several years ago, and said Big Sky is just like Breck was a couple of decades ago.
His kids were delivered by Dr. Kent Petrie at the Vail Valley Medical Center, and his knees were fixed by local surgeons.
Salestrom joked that he was raised in “central America — Nebraska,” and has performed all over the globe.
“I tell stories of places I’ve been and people I’ve met and write songs about it,” Salestrom said.
About the concert
Friday’s event is being organized by the John and Jeanette McMurtry family. The money raised will go toward funding service trips for Children’s Global Alliance to Nicaragua and Nepal for daughters Jenevieve, Jordan and Jessica and for supplies for the schools they will be serving in these countries.
Salestrom met the McMurtrys through friends and philanthropists who have a home in Vail.
“Any town they live in, that community is blessed. They give their hearts and souls to everything they do,” he said.
About Children’s Global Alliance
Children’s Global Alliance requires students to raise their own funds to cover their travel service, said Lisa Marie Howell, founder and president of Children’s Global Alliance.
“Our goal is to instill a passion to serve among our students that will last their lifetime,” Howell said.
Along with raising money, kids have to write essays and go through a barrage of interviews. Any money left goes to buying school supplies.
“The value is in the kids being served, children serving children,” Jeanette McMurtry said.
“A little money goes a long way. Some of these schools are so impoverished,” Jeannette said.
Children’s Global Alliance provides service-learning opportunities in developing countries for students ages 12 to 17 from the Vail Valley. The kids travel to orphanages and schools in Cambodia, Tanzania, Nepal, Morocco and a school for children with disabilities in Nicaragua.
Staff Writer Randy Wyrick can be reached at 970-748-2935 and firstname.lastname@example.org.