Just announced: country music star LeAnn Rimes is the 2009 recipient of the Academy of Country Music/The Home Depot Humanitarian Award, to be presented during the 44th Annual Academy of Country Music Awards Apr. 5.
According to the press release, as part of the award "she will be honored with a playground donated by The Home Depot and their national nonprofit partner KaBOOM!, which envisions a great place to play within walking distance of every child in America. The playground will be built by The Home Depot volunteers and community members in the city of LEANN RIMES' choice."
The Humanitarian Award recognizes country music artists who serve others, have a generous spirit and help build the dreams of those in need. Rimes is being honored for her work as international spokesperson for the Children's Miracle Network, her work supporting disabled veterans and their children, and for financing construction of the LeAnn Rimes Adventure Gym at the Vanderbilt Children's Hospital in Nashville. She is also an ardent supporter of the Nashville Humane Association and continues to speak out on the need to treat animals compassionately.