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Concert Raises $1.3 million

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From the Minot Area Community Foundation

The Black Eyed Peas benefit concert held Sept. 3 in Minot didn't just raise the spirits of the flood ravaged people of Minot, it raised more than $1.3 million for the Minot Area Community Foundation Recovery Fund. Josh Duhamel, a Minot native and Hollywood actor, is the honorary chairman for the Minot Area Recovery Fund, which helps Minot and the surrounding area in its long-term flood recovery needs. Duhamel is married to Fergie, the lead singer of The Black Eyed Peas.

The concert and accompanying events including the Party in the Plaza and a VIP event came together in a five week timeframe thanks to the help of hundreds of volunteers, several area businesses and individuals and especially the Black Eyed Peas, according to Duhamel.

"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," Duhamel said. "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."

The concert not only raised more than $1.3 million, it broke a new grandstand attendance and receipts record. The previous record was the KISS concert in 2010 with 15,082 in attendance. Saturday's show brought nearly 16,000 people into the new facility (initial counts show 15,800) all in the wake of a flood that has affected the infrastructure of the entire area.

"In five weeks a group of community volunteers coordinated everything from electricity to ticketing, parking, transportation, accommodations and more," says MACF executive director Ken Kitzman. "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."

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 off the MinotRising.com website

The total fundraising total has not been finalized as other donations are still be tallied including all Black Eyed Peas merchandise sales, total Tokidoki t-shirt sales, the tips provided to the 10 North Main staff in the VIP reception and other contributions.

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