Kelly Clarkson’s First Annual Miracle On Broadway benefit concert has raised more than $400,000. The star-studded event, featuring Reba, Trisha Yearwood, Garth Brooks, Ronnie Dunn, Kacey Musgraves, Paramore’s Hayley Williams, Charles Esten, Meghan Trainor, Martina McBride and others singing some of their favorite Christmas classics and original hits from Clarkson’s Wrapped In Red Christmas album, was held December 20th at Nashville’s Bridgestone Arena to benefit four local Nashville charities through Clarkson’s The Fruition Fund: Monroe Carell Jr. Children’s Hospital at Vanderbilt, Monroe Harding Children’s Home, Second Harvest Food Bank of Middle Tennessee and Thistle Farms.
It was announced on stage before the final song that more than $200,000 was raised from ticket sales and online donations via Clarkson’s website, causing Clarkson to start crying. It was then when Yearwood walked out on stage and whispered something into Clarkson’s ear, causing her to breakdown even more. Clarkson revealed to the audience that Yearwood and Brooks would be matching the donations given, raising more than $400,000 total.
Clarkson put together the event in just 84 days and says she wanted to donate to charity in a big way so she started the Fruition Fund so people know exactly where their donations are going.
“A lot of people are jaded and you’re like, ‘I don’t want to give money because who’s pocket is it actually going into?'” Clarkson said during a press conference on December 18th. “What’s cool about this, I just want everybody to know, honestly, every penny that we can put towards that — 98 point whatever percent — is going to these people and what they do on a daily [basis] for people is amazing.”
Clarkson even invited fans on stage to sing along during “Jingle Bell Rock.”
We are still awaiting official total monies raised from the event as we expect the donations to exceed the numbers announced. We will post that information as soon as it becomes available.
Thanks to reader Rick Lachney of Nashville for the incite.
Author: Buddy Iahn
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