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Hunter Hayes benefit raises over $100,000 for MusiCares, sparks new charity

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Hunter Hayes performed at the Great Charity Challenge in Wellington, Fla. over the weekend, bringing his charm and music to inspire. During his set, he performed his band new single "Invisible," an ode to "anyone who dares to be different," which he debuted at the recent GRAMMY ceremony.

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As a result of his efforts, $112,500 was raised to benefit his charity of choice, MusiCares. The initiative provides services and resources to music people in times of need. Ranging from financial, medical and personal emergencies, the organization also focuses attention on human service issues that directly impact the health and welfare of the music community.

Great Charity Challenge event organizer Mark Bellissimo also announced on Saturday (Feb. 1) that Hayes' new single had motivated him to create a special campaign to reach out to local teens, inform the public and to put an end to bullying. The initial fund, with contributions from Bellissimo and seven other donors, stands at $200,000.

More donations are expected to follow, hopeful that Hayes' upcoming We Are Not Invisible Tour will spark a rallying cry all across the country. "The Voice" season 4 winner Danielle Bradbery and breakout duo Dan + Shay are the opening acts.

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