Beyonce’ and Jay-Z Raised 6 Million Dollars To Cancer Research

Contributed by Anaya Ray 

After wrapping up their On The Run II Tour, power couple Beyonce and Jay-Z donated 6 million dollars to City of Hope.

City of Hope, a non-profit organization centered around the treatments of cancer, held a gala this past Thursday where the Carters were in attendance. At this gala is where the couple was able to raise 6 million dollars for the organization.

According to Forbes, the Carters partnered with Jon Platt, Warner Chappell Music CEO, to put on the event. The event brought a total of 1,200 attendances through the doors with special guests like Kelly Rowland, Tiffant Haddish, Dr. Dre, Usher, Wiz Khalifa, Pharrell, Timbaland, and Quincy Jones. 

City of Hope’s CEO Robert Stone spoke to Forbes on how the non-profit organization managed to get the music mogul couple in partnership and attendance.

“We find partners in the honorees and the honorees help arrange the talent. So Jon Platt is a tremendous partner and compassionate and passionate person who’s joined this fight all in. And Jon’s the one who made the call to Beyonce and Jay-Z, who said yes immediately.”

Of course Beyonce’ also graced the crowd with her soulful voice in a performance.

 

Along with the surprise performance, Jay-Z gave a heartwarming introduction speech to Platt a.k.a Big Jon, his longtime friend, who was given the Spirit Of Life Award at the gala.

“I can’t think of anyone more deserving to be prized in front of their peers and in front of the world than my brother, Jon Platt, the artist formerly known as Big Jon.”

He continued with, “Denver DJ with a Jheri curl goes and he’s the highest ranking black executive in any global company. He’s the Obama of the music industry. And I’m just glad that everyone in this room gets to acknowledge and prize this man tonight for all his accomplishments. He’s behind some of the biggest hits in the world and it couldn’t happen to a finer person.”

Before the event Platt expressed his overwhelming joy and proudness about the gala and how those in attendance within the music industry are a part of “a growing wave of activism and social consciousness in music.”

Platt was all too accurate as celebrities like Bebe Rexha and Timberland spoke out about their reason for attending the gala.

Rexha touched upon her grandfather’s passing from cancer and how helping those with cancer would be incredible.

Timbaland also expressed that his reason stems from family issues and exclaimed after researching that, “hey, I want to be a part of this cancer awareness.”

The City of Hope gala was more than successful as artists from the music industry and others came together for an important cause and ultimately displayed a great sense of activism.

 

 

 

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