Bobby Bones stepped up to the plate and got a grand slam for Susan G. Komen when he promised to match listener donations during a specified 15 minute period of time on his morning radio show. The fundraising was part of the Bobby Bones Show’s #50kWithJasonA challenge.
On Tuesday, the Bobby Bones Show announced via their website that the grand total raised was $59,066. The fundraiser began after an on-air interview with Jason Aldean earlier this month. In the course of the interview, Bobby Bones had asked Jason Aldean what his charitable interests were. The country singer explained that he’s been donating to Susan G. Komen for about eight years.
Jason Alden further explained that he has a friend whose wife died of breast cancer at the young age of 29, and she left two children behind. That sad experience inspired him to donate to breast cancer research in hopes of finding a cure.
Bobby Bones had proposed that his show would try to raise $50k for Susan G. Komen if Jason Aldean would agree to play a show with the show’s in-house band The Raging Idiots, which features Bobby Bones and the show’s Digital Content Producer, Eddie. The Raging Idiots concert would then benefit St. Jude Hospital.
Jason Aldean agreed to the challenge and the rest, as they say, is history. Bobby Bones spent the week doing a fundraiser full of all kinds of crazy antics meant to inspire fans to donate. Some of the antics included getting all the men of the show to post shirtless selfies, the show’s producer Ray being forced to listen to Jason Aldean’s “Burn it Down” for 24 hours straight, and putting Bobby Bones’ co-host Lunchbox, who is afraid of snakes, into a room with a snake for two minutes. Listeners responded to the goals and the Susan G. Komen Foundation is now $59,066 richer.
There’s been no word yet on when Jason Aldean will play with The Raging Idiots, but a sell-out crowd for the show could mean a great boost to St. Jude’s efforts as well, which would make the #50kWithJasonA challenge a raging success all the way around.