Colt Ford and Friends Benefit A Success
The emotionally-charged sold-out event attracted over 200 people to a private reception and silent auction at the Hotel Indigo's Rialto Room for a pre-show celebration before the crowd of 1,100 enjoyed an evening featuring all the artists 'in the round' with Ford's band backing the performances. Altogether, the evening raised over $85,000 for the families, with monies still being donated in the wake of the performances.
The aptly titled "Colt Ford and Friends" event was conceived after Ford learned of a shooting earlier this year in his community that left his high school friend, Senior Officer Howard, injured and resulted in the death of Senior Officer Christian, leaving both families at a financial disadvantage in the tough economy. In less than one month, Ford organized the fundraiser and called in friends to help him pay tribute to Christian's memory.
Ford shares, "I want to say thank you to all of my friends who helped us have such a special night in my hometown. To all the artists who joined in to perform or who donated items to help raise money, y'all are amazing, and I am thankful to call you all friends. This could not have happened without y'all."
Aldean chimed in, "I want to thank these two guys right here for writing this song. It was a hit before I ever recorded it, so thank you both." The rendition opened with Aldean performing the first verse, followed by Ford and Gilbert's unique adaptation of the song's second and third verses.
The evening closed after nearly three hours of music with Ford thanking the crowd for their extraordinary support. "A very special 'thank you' to all fans that came out to show and have been praying for the families and this community...I love y'all so much."
Ford will present a check to NobleHeroes, a nonprofit organization created to assist the honorable men and women of public safety in America, on Monday, August 22 in Athens, Georgia with all the proceeds from the silent auction, tickets, and donations going to the families. To make a donation online, please visit www.nobleheroes.org.