MINOT, N.D.—The Black Eyed Peas benefit concert here raised more than $1.3 million to help flood victims.
The total fundraising amount has not been finalized as other donations are still being tallied, including Black Eyed Peas merchandise sales, tips provided at the VIP reception and other contributions, a news release from the Minot Area Community Foundation said.
“On behalf of myself and the great people of North Dakota, I would like to thank will.i.am, Taboo, apl.de.ap and Fergie Ferg for their incredible act of kindness,” Minot native and actor Josh Duhamel said in a statement. “The Black Eyed Peas and their band, Bucky Johnson, rocked the house on Saturday night and raised a ton of money for the flood victims of Minot. We will never forget what they did.”
Duhamel, who is married to Black Eyed Peas singer Fergie, was instrumental in getting the band to perform Saturday night in Minot.
The concert broke a new grandstand attendance and receipts record. The previous record was the KISS concert in 2010 with 15,082 in attendance. Initial counts show Saturday’s concert brought out 15,800 people, the news release said.
“This was a feat of epic proportion, and it resulted in an epic event that will leave a legacy in this city. I am humbled to be the steward of such generosity,” Ken Kitzman, executive director of the foundation, said in a statement.
The Minot Rising T-shirts, designed by LA-based designer Tokidoki, sold out at the concert and in pre-sales. More shirts are being ordered and will be available at MinotRising.com, the release said.