Bentley gig raises almost $500K for Arizona firefighters' families
Tuesday, July 23, 2013
– A benefit concert last night organized by Dierks Bentley raised almost $500,000 for the families of the 19 firefighters who died in Arizona fighting wild fires.
Bentley staged the Country Cares Concert at Tim's Toyota Center in Prescott Valley, Ariz. for the families of the Granite Mountain Hot Shots.
With just over a week to organize the event, Arizona native Bentley led the charge to raise more than $476,000 with the help of The New KMLE Country @ 107.9, 92.9 KAFF Country and The Band Perry, Randy Houser and David Nail.
Family members of the 19 firefighters and the sole surviving firefighter were in attendance.
Bentley honored the fallen firefighters with a photo tribute during his first-ever performance of brand new song Here On Earth and kicked off a special version of Home with a bagpipe intro by the Rural Metro Pipe and Drum Corp.
All money raised from the event will go to the United Phoenix Firefighters Charities who will directly distribute to the families of the 19 fallen firefighters.
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