What a good guy and what a great cause.
Dierks Bentley announced this morning that later this month (7/22) he will hold a benefit concert to raise money for the families of the 19 firefighters who died just last week fighting wildfires in Arizona. The deaths left behind 51 now-fatherless children.
"It's a tragic event but hopefully this will provide some healing and sort of be an uplifting moment for the community," Bentley said. "We want to raise some money, try to be positive, focus on the good things and do something good on this occasion. Hopefully, it will be a fun evening in the face of tragic events and raise people's spirits."
He goes on to say, "We want to make as much for those families as we can and hopefully start something that will continue on long after the music is over as far as remembering the firefighters and their families and these kids that live on as well. We want to help get something rolling to look after them and help them move forward."
The "Country Cares Concert" will be held on July 22 in Prescott Valley, Arizona where the Hotshot crew died. Dierks is inviting other singers to perform and is expected to announce performers at a later date. All proceeds from the concert will go to the United Phoenix Firefighters to be distributed directly to the families of the fallen. Tickets for the event go on sale Friday at the Tim's Toyota Center box office in Prescott Valley or online at sponsor radio station KMLE-FM's website.
Dierks is a Phoenix, Arizona native and recently opened a new bar and restaurant, Whiskey Row, in Scottsdale, Arizona.