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Shelton donates $600K to Oklahoma hospital

Monday, September 12, 2016 – Blake Shelton kicked off his 2016 tour this past weekend by donating $600,000 to an Oklahoma City hospital after playing two shows in the city.

Shelton donated $600,000 to the Jimmy Everest Children's Hospital. "They don't turn any kids away. You come in there, you have a problem, they don't turn anybody away, so I thought 'That's a place that needs some money," said Shelton from the stage. "Let's all do the right thing. This is our money, Oklahoma."

More than 22,000 fans came for a show that included a surprise appearance by Shelton's girlfriend, Gwen Stefani, who joined Shelton on their duet "Go Ahead And Break My Heart," and opening act RaeLynn.

The tour hits the midwest next weekend with stops in Peoria, Ill. and a two-night stand in St. Paul, Minn. The tour wraps Oct. 8 with two shows at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn.

Shelton also is filming season 11 of The Voice, which includes this season's special mentor, Bette Midler. "Bette is such an icon and she's done everything in the entertainment business there is to do and done it at a top level. We were all in awe being around her for the taping and it's such a great experience for my team to have had her as a mentor." Midler joins Joan Jett, Sammy Hagar, and Charlie Puth as mentors this season which returns on Sept. 19 on NBC.

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