OKLAHOMA CITY – Blake Shelton donated $600,000 to the Jimmy Everest Center after his concerts in Oklahoma City.
Saturday night, Shelton brought up one of his young relatives on stage and told the audience a bit about her battle with cancer.
“This time last year, we had a scare. And, we didn’t know what was going going to happen,” he said. “And, you can see that she’s here right now.”
Shelton continued on to talk about the Jimmy Everest Center, where his relative was treated.
“They don’t turn any kids away. You come in there, you got a problem, they don’t turn anybody away, so I thought ‘That’s a place that needs some money,'” he said.
Shelton then announced both the concerts’ proceeds were being donated to the children’s cancer center, as he signed the $600,000 oversized check.
“Let’s all do the right thing,” he said. “This is our money, Oklahoma.”
(Video courtesy of Khristin Stevens.)
“Blake’s single selfless act of generosity is going to benefit hundreds of Oklahoma kids battling cancer,” said Evelyn Bollenbach Senior Director of Development at The Children’s Hospital Foundation. “We were told Blake was going to present a check. I had no idea he was going to make a gift this significant. I’m still in shock. I woke up this morning and thought it was a dream.”
The center later posted about their gratitude on their Facebook page and Twitter:
“Thank you, Blake Shelton! The children at the Jimmy Everest Center love you, and WE LOVE YOU! What an amazing gift to help ensure that our children with cancer get the care they need right here in Oklahoma.”
— Children's Hospital Foundation (@okchf) September 11, 2016