Black Eyed Peas concert raises more than $1.3 million

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.

2 thoughts on “Black Eyed Peas concert raises more than $1.3 million

  1. I thought this was just a wonderful thing the Black-eyed Peas did by putting on this charity concert and raising so much money for the City of Minot.

  2. A Big thank you to The Black eyed Peas and Josh Duhamel !
    The city has a long way to go to get back to normal however efforts like theirs cannot be thanked enough. I enjoyed the concert and could almost feel the morale boost it gave the people of Minot. The generosity that the band showed by supporting the city, the people effected by the flood, drawing attention to the ongoing efforts needed to rebuild and just the over all “this is what great people do in “tough times” gives those exposed to it a great feeling and standard to live up to. From someone who was allowed to “be a tiny part” of a great thing I want to say…to everyone involved, a heart felt thanks!

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

*

You may use these HTML tags and attributes: <a href="" title=""> <abbr title=""> <acronym title=""> <b> <blockquote cite=""> <cite> <code> <del datetime=""> <em> <i> <q cite=""> <strike> <strong>