Kellie Pickler

The “American Idol” alum made an appearance Tuesday at the ASPCA in Manhattan to show off the sweater she and Ford designed for Fresh Step cat litter.

PICKLER’S PICK: Tuesday was a big day for Kellie Pickler. Not only was the “American Idol” alum and country music artist celebrating the release of her third album, “100 Proof,” she was also showcasing her charitable side. Pickler made an appearance at the ASPCA in Manhattan to show off the limited edition sweater she designed with Geren Ford for Fresh Step cat litter. The sweaters, which sport a banjo-playing cat and a moonshine jug, will sell for $35 at with 100 percent of the proceeds going to raise money for abused and abandoned animals. “This may open up more opportunities as far as design and fashion goes,” she said while playing with some of the cats available for adoption at the shelter. She said that while it was a given that the sweater would include a cat in the design, it was her idea to have it playing a banjo. “It ties in well with country music,” she said. “My grandpa gave me an old banjo of his that was over 100 years old and it was in pieces. But we had it put back together and it’s now hanging in our house.”

Her new album is the most autobiographical to date, with Pickler co-writing six of the 11 tracks. Next up for Pickler is an appearance on “Good Morning America,” followed by a visit to the “Ellen” show.

This story first appeared in the January 25, 2012 issue of WWD. Subscribe Today.

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