Jason Aldean‘s ninth annual Concert for the Cure raised a whopping $660,909 to benefit Susan G. Komen, the nonprofit organization dedicated to education, research and a cure for breast cancer.
The tradition started for Aldean in 2006. After losing a dear friend to breast cancer at the tender age of 29, he decided it was time to do his part to make a difference and join the fight.
“It was right about the time I signed my (record) deal,” Aldean told CMT Radio’s Cody Alan . “Everybody’s always asking you, ‘Well, we’ll donate this to your charity’ and ‘that to your charity.'”
When it came time to choose a charity, Aldean immediately thought of his friend.
“When that happened, that was sort of a light that went off,” he said. “And I went, ‘Maybe this is what it’s about.'”
Each year, he selects a city from his tour to host the event. This year, Detroit was the big winner. Throughout the run of Aldean’s massive 2014 tour, he has set aside portions of each ticket sold to help the Komen affiliate communities across the state. The special concert night continues to grow bigger and bigger each year.
“We always try and have a lot of fun with our Komen show each year,” he said in a statement posted on his website last week. “It isn’t just about raising money to help find a cure. It’s also about celebrating everyone who is going through treatment now and those who’ve been able to beat the disease.”
Aldean’s new album, Old Boots, New Dirt, was released Oct. 7. His Burn It Down tour rocks on this week in Florida with stops in Gainesville, Tampa and West Palm Beach.