On Oct. 19, Boyd Gaming and Beasley Media Group presented “Vegas Strong: A Night of Healing” – a free benefit concert at Orleans Arena honoring victims, survivors and first responders of the Oct. 1 tragedy. Approximately 7,000 attendees from Las Vegas and across the country, including nearly 3,000 first responders, joined together for a night of healing, unity and resilience.
The all-star line-up featured live performances by country superstars Big & Rich, Rascal Flatts, Cam and Sierra Black; a stand-up act by comedian and actor Ron White; and remarks by Fox News commentator Sean Hannity. Garth Brooks and Kid Rock extended their love and support via taped messages. And two prominent local political figures – Clark County Commissioner Steve Sisolak and Clark County Sheriff Joe Lombardo – offered their thanks to the crowd.
Tallied thus far, more than $51,000 was raised by the event. Attendees donated more than $35,000 – including all tips received by the Orleans Arena’s bartenders that event. Boyd Gaming and the Orleans Arena contributed an additional $16,000, representing all profits from food and beverage sales that night.
Boyd Gaming also hosted a private reception recognizing first responders and healthcare professionals prior to the concert. These individuals and their families enjoyed a collection of delicious bites and drinks donated by various local businesses and restaurants. They also heard words of encouragement from community leaders and special guests, including Sheriff Lombardo, Clark County Fire Chief Greg Cassell, West Group Regional Medical Director and Chairman Emergency Services Scott Scherr and U.S. Army veteran Noah Galloway, a motivational speaker.
While only 7,000 were able to attend the concert in person, country music fans around the nation were able to share in the event. Cox Communications broadcast the event live to its markets across the country (including Las Vegas), while Hannity featured segments from the show on the Oct. 20 edition of Hannity, his nationally televised show on Fox News.
Stay tuned for an update on additional funds raised resulting from the concert and the broadcast.