“As a musician, I can’t think of a greater honor than reaching a point where we can play a show for 40,000 people and give all of the profits back to a community that has been so unfailingly loyal and supportive.”
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Chris Stapleton's latest event raised an eye-popping amount of money for the people of his home state.

"A Concert for Kentucky," which was headlined by Stapleton and featured performances from Willie Nelson and Sheryl Crow, reportedly raised more than $1 million for charity.

The sold-out show was the first-ever concert held at the University of Kentucky's Kroger Field.

The money raised will go toward the Outlaw State of Kind Hometown Fund, which is an arm of Chris and Morgane Stapleton's charity, Outlaw State of Kind.

The Hometown Fund is administered by the Blue Grass Community Foundation and supports "a variety of causes close to the couple's heart in Chris' home state of Kentucky."

According to a news release, initial Hometown Fund grants include $250,000 to The Mr. Holland's Opus Foundation as well as additional pledges to the American Red Cross, UK Healthcare Kentucky Children's Hospital, the Community Foundation of Western Kentucky's Disaster Relief Fund, and Dolly Parton's Imagination Library.

"Every night we walk on a stage, we do our best to help people forget their troubles or celebrate or remember or hope or heal," Stapleton, who was raised in the small town of Staffordsville, said in a statement. "Every night we play, a portion of those profits always goes to charity. As a musician, I can't think of a greater honor than reaching a point where we can play a show for 40,000 people and give all of the profits back to a community that has been so unfailingly loyal and supportive.

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"It is a tremendously pure and rewarding moment to get to provide the medicine that is music in that space," he added. "I'm grateful to everyone who came to the show and to all of the musicians, managers, agents, and crew members that made this moment possible."

Thank you, Chris!