December 5, 2008

Stars lend art for Project Paper Doll

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Susan Waggoner, second from left, and her children, Dalton and Daniel, presented a set of paper dolls to Bryan and Traci Frasher, co-founders of Project Paper Doll, to thank them for their efforts. (photo by Shannon Fontaine)

Stars lend art for Project Paper Doll

With paint, markers, glue, glitter and even wigs and mini cowboy hats, celebrities from Nashville and beyond turned the red paper doll logo of the Monroe Carell Jr. Children's Hospital at Vanderbilt into one-of-a-kind artwork.

Through Project Paper Doll, the creations are now up for auction on eBay, with proceeds benefiting Children's Hospital.

More than 60 wooden paper dolls have been decorated and autographed, and participants include Willie Nelson, Merle Haggard, Vince Young, Carrie Underwood, Dale Earnhardt Jr., Brad Paisley, Jessica Simpson, Rascal Flatts, Christina Aguilera and Kid Rock.

Kristy Lee Cook, who has appeared on “American Idol,” painted her dolls dark blue, pasted on a photo of her atop a horse and adorned it with blue and silver jewels.

“I like being a part of charities and doing anything I can do to help others,” she said. “I know kids like horses and love bedazzled things. I wanted to do what I could.”

Now in its second year, Project Paper Doll was co-founded by Bryan Frasher, vice president of national promotion for BNA Nashville, and his wife Traci, and many members of the country music industry were involved in planning the fundraiser.

“Our success comes from community members being so dedicated. They know it's all for the hospital and all for the kids,” Frasher said.

The paper dolls debuted Nov. 17 at a party in the Children's Hospital Theater, and Brian Philips, executive vice president and general manager of CMT, served as honorary chairman. Philips has six children and admits to keeping Children's Hospital busy.

“This is the most important building in Nashville,” he said. “It needs all the attention and focus, and we're lucky to have the opportunity to shine a light on this place.”

The auction will take place in three phases and will be open until Dec. 17. Visit to place a bid.