Eight-time CMA and ACM Entertainer of the Year Kenny Chesney can add another trophy to his mantle courtesy of the St. John School of the Arts in the Virgin Islands.
St. John School of the Arts—which empowers the island’s youth through music, dance, theater and visual arts—presented Kenny with the Sis Frank Hero Award, an annual award given out by the school in memory of its founder.
After Hurricane Irma destroyed much of the island in September 2017—including Kenny’s home—the country music superstar mobilized his team and founded the Love for Love City Fund to help victims of the storm. In addition to flying medical supplies to the island and airlifting dozens of people and more than 1,000 pets to the United States, Kenny donated “several truckloads of keyboards, guitars and sound equipment to the School of the Arts to replace instruments damaged by the storm,” reports The St. Thomas Source.
Kenny took matters a step further when he flew 26 students and faculty from the School of the Arts to his June 9 concert at Philadelphia’s Lincoln Financial Field. Before the show, Kenny was surprised when the school members presented him with the Hero Award.
“This is so beautiful and so unexpected,” said Kenny, according to The St. Thomas Source. “I’m so excited you are here . . . The silver lining is how much [the storm] brought so many people together. It’s a musical family, it’s a beautiful family.”
Proceeds from Kenny’s upcoming album, Songs for the Saints, which drops on July 27, will support the Love for Love City Foundation.
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