LEXINGTON, Ky. (FOX 56) – Kroger Field’s first concert generated a lot of money for Bluegrass non-profits. More than $1 million were raised by Chris Stapleton’s joint performance with Sheryl Crow and Willie Nelson. 100% of the profits are going to charities throughout the community.
It is truly tremendous, I have been so in awe and so humbled by – you know – they’re aggressive philanthropists Jane Higgins, director of community advancement for the Bluegrass Community Foundation, told FOX 56.
Bluegrass Community Foundation runs Stapleton’s “Outlaw State of Kind” Hometown fund. Three years ago the relationship began.
“Kroger Field, concert for Kentucky, that was 100% of his net proceeds went into his fund to then go back out into the community, and that I don’t know if that’s ever been done by anyone before,” Higgins said.
“To say how important it is to invest in the future of this state when he has an option to not do anything at all just speaks volumes, so in reality it’s not about the dollar amount to me it’s about his heart and his passion for Kentucky,” Dr. Scottie Day, physician-in-chief of Kentucky Children’s Hospital told FOX 56.
The first round of earnings will be going out as grants to several groups, including Kentucky Children’s Hospital. The donation will fund alternative programs like music therapy.
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It really does affect not just the people in Lexington we serve 120 counties throughout this great state of Kentucky so by providing these programs it’s not just providing for that kid in Lexington, it’s providing for that kid in his hometown in Johnson County and Paintsville, it’s providing for the hometown where I grew up in Leslie County,” Day said.
“It’s their fund it’s their money, They decide what’s the best opportunity, what’s greatest need for those funds,” Higgins said. In addition to Kentucky Children’s Hospital, grants are also going out to Western Kentucky disaster relief efforts, the American Red Cross, Dolly Parton’s Imagination Library, and Mr. Holland’s Opus Foundation.
Additional rounds of grants are expected to be announced later this year.