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Wariner Wins Humanitarian Award

September 2, 2002

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NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) _ Country singer and songwriter Steve Wariner has received the Minnie Pearl Humanitarian Award for his charitable work.

Kathy Mattea, last year’s recipient, presented Wariner with the award Saturday during the Grand Ole Opry’s 4,000th consecutive Saturday radio broadcast.

Wariner, 47, has worked with several charities, including the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation. His stepdaughter, Holly, was diagnosed with diabetes as a child.

Wariner has had a number of No. 1 country hits, including the Country Music Association’s 1998 song and single of the year ``Holes in the Floor of Heaven.″

The award was named for Minnie Pearl, the award’s first recipient in 1988. Pearl, a character created by comedian Sarah Cannon, wore a straw hat with the price tag dangling and told jokes about being a man-hungry spinster.

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