Blake Shelton Donates $600,000 to Oklahoma City Hospital

Blake Shelton Donates $600,000 to Oklahoma City Hospital

Over the weekend, Blake Shelton jump-started his 2016 Fall Tour Presented by Gildan by donating $600,000 to Oklahoma City’s Jimmy Everest Center, Oklahoma’s only full-service children’s cancer program. Playing back-to-back nights in OKC on Sept. 9 and 10, Blake performed for more than 22,000 fans, and on Saturday night, he brought one of his young relatives onstage and told the fans in attendance about her battle with cancer.

(L to R) Gwen Stefani, Blake, and Evelyn Bollenback and Dr. Ashley Baker of the Jimmy Everest Center
(L to R) Gwen Stefani, Blake, and Evelyn Bollenback and Dr. Ashley Baker of the Jimmy Everest Center

“This time last year, we had a scare,” said Blake. “And, we didn’t know what was going going to happen. And, you can see that she’s here right now . . . [Jimmy Everest Children’s Hospital doesn’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. Let’s all do the right thing.’ This is our money, Oklahoma.”

Over the course of the two shows, Blake played a number of his hits and was joined onstage by girlfriend Gwen Stefani to sing their duet, “Go Ahead and Break My Heart,” while RaeLynn handled the opening act duties.

Blake remains on his Fall Tour through October.

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