Blake Shelton Gives Back During Fall Tour Opener

Donates $600,000 to Local Children's Hospital

The two-night opening of Blake Shelton’s 2016 Fall Tour Presented by Gildan in Oklahoma City included a big check donation of $600,000 to the Jimmy Everest Children’s Hospital.

“They don’t turn any kids away,” Shelton said onstage at OKC’s Chesapeake Energy Arena. “You come in there, you have a problem, they don’t turn anybody away. So I thought, ‘That’s a place that needs some money. Let’s all do the right thing. This is our money, Oklahoma.”

The two shows drew more than 22,000 fans and included a surprise collaboration with Gwen Stefani on “Go Ahead and Break My Heart,” plus an opening set by RaeLynn.

The last time he played the Chesapeake Energy Arena was to help support those affected by the devastating tornadoes in 2013 with the “Healing In The Heartland” benefit concert. In all, the event raised more than $6 million for the American Red Cross of Oklahoma.

The tour continues Thursday (Sept. 15) in Peoria, Illinois, and The Voice returns Monday (Sept. 19).

Lauren Tingle is a Tennessean and storyteller who eats music for breakfast, lunch and dinner. When she’s not writing or rocking out, she enjoys yoga and getting lost in the great outdoors.