Emmylou Harris Gets the (Candy) Boot
Things were sweet for Emmylou Harris in Washington, D.C., this week, reports PEOPLE.
In honor of her work to ban landmines, the singer-songwriter received a six-and-a-half-pound chocolate boot as part of her Patrick J. Leahy Humanitarian Award.
The boot, made from her favorite Scherffenberger chocolate, was crafted to fit her size-8 foot.
The Vietnam Veterans of America Foundation presented Harris, 55, the award for her efforts in creating the Concerts to Benefit a Landmine Free World in 1998.
At the ceremony, she had rounded up some of her best friends and fellow performers, including Steve Earle, Guy Clark, Rodney Crowell, Patti Griffin, Nanci Griffith, and John Prine.
“People need to be aware of the landmine problem,” Harris told PEOPLE. “They are a poor man’s weapon, and they are striking terror in the minds of the people.”
She added: “I think most people feel this way. You realize your blessings and you want to give something back, and most of the time you feel impotent and you don’t know where to start. There are so many problems in the world, so much that needs to be done.”
Harris also said she “is being given the opportunity to reflect or deflect some of the light that shines on me because of the nature of my work.”
A 10-time Grammy winner, Harris has traveled throughout Europe and Southeast Asia to raise awareness of landmine devastation. An autographed scarf made by landmine survivors and worn by Harris as she came onstage was auctioned off for $600.
A pair of autographed, nonedible boots went for $900.