Jason Aldean Is All About Giving Back to Folks Facing Hard Times
Aldean started the Concert for the Kids in 2016 and has raised half a million dollars for the Beverly Knight Olson Children’s Hospital, Navicent Health. He says there's nowhere else he'd rather give to than to the place where he was raised.
"I want to try to do something for my hometown, sort of give back to where I came from — what better what to do that than with kids," the singer tells Taste of Country and other media. "I got two kids and one on the way ... and I would be devastated if something happened to one of my kids."
"I can't imagine what parents go through when stuff like that happens," he continues. "I can't think of a better thing to give to and try to support than a children's hospital and if I'm going to do it, I want to do it in my hometown."
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Aldean's 2017 event raised even more money than the first, with Aldean and his efforts bringing more than $1.2 million total (over two years) to the hospital, which provides necessary clinical services to children in need.
But that only scratches the surface of the superstar's benevolent efforts. Aldean has developed a longtime partnership with cancer organization Susan G. Komen, and at every show during his tour, the star invites a breast cancer survivor to be a VIP guest for the day, allowing them to hang out backstage, get a behind-the-scenes look at the tour and even eat dinner with Aldean and crew.
"You meet a lot of great people and hear a lot of great stories," the "They Don't Know" singer says about engaging with those battling the disease. "It's just cool to even be able to sort of roll out the red carpet for them for a day and let them have a great time. I really enjoy that a lot."
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