JOPLIN, Mo. — A charity says a couple who bought the vintage Mercedes singer Sheryl Crow donated to benefit the schools in tornado-ravaged Joplin, Mo., has also donated $130,000 to the district's recovery fund.
The top bid for Crow's 1959 Mercedes convertible at the August auction in California was $143,000. The auction company kept $13,000 in fees and the remaining $130,000 went to the Joplin Schools Recovery Fund.
Missouri's Community Foundation for the Ozarks reported Thursday that the couple who bought the car matched the $130,000. The donors wanted to remain anonymous.
A May 22 tornado destroyed three Joplin schools and seriously damaged seven others.
The couple made the donation in Crow's name. Crow is a Missouri native and was a teacher before she achieved fame. She said in a statement that she was touched by the couple's generosity.
"It was such a pleasure to meet them and see their enthusiasm for this car, which was very special to me, and now learn of their support for Joplin's situation," she said. "They have done a wonderful thing in doubling the proceeds from the event."
The Associated Press and msnbc.com staff contributed to this story.