Martina McBride has been instrumental in helping raise money for her favorite cause, the Nashville YWCA. For the last 16 years she has hosted the "Celebrity Auction" that this year brought in over $153,000, a 50% increase over last year’s total. The dress she wore at the Grand Ole Opry re-opening following the Nashville floods is the single highest grossing item that brought in the highest bid of the night, when a fan from Texas paid $27,000 for her dress.

“I am always amazed at the big hearts of country music fans,” Martina told GAC-TV. “Even in these tough economic times, they realize there is a need to help these women and children who have taken the first step toward getting out of a bad situation and are starting their life over. Their compassion and generosity inspires me.”

“It is Martina’s genuine support and the devotion of her fans that help make the auction so successful each year,” said Pat Shea, CEO of the YWCA.

Martina not only raises money for the YWCA, but she also educates the audience about domestic violence. Martina and her fans helped raise over $150,000 in a few hours. Those dollars will help the YWCA serve women and children who need counseling, medical care, support and emergency shelter as they flee violent homes. “We are very grateful to Martina.” Shea told GAC-TV.