It is a genuine privilege to partner with The SAM Foundation again for our third annual Alabama tribute show here in my hometown of Fort Payne, AL. The work that The SAM Foundation is putting forth to prevent suicide through education, and the destigmatization of mental health issues is much needed and appreciated. As someone who has personally struggled with anxiety and depression, since adolescence, it is a cause close to my heart. I believe that feeling free to talk about mental health, especially for those who may have been taught to hide feelings and emotions, is a major step toward preventing suicide.
My grandfather, Paul Crow, started what became the Randy Owen Celebrity Golf Classic in the early 1980s, and that event raised over $1M for abused, abandoned, and neglected young people in Alabama. It was a cause important to him, and he generously offered his support for many years. In my mind I’m following in his footsteps, in a small way, to support a cause close to me. Not to mention it is a huge honor to me that our event pays tribute to my other heroes, our hometown boys, Alabama. Roll on!
- Michael Weatherly
Boys in the Band