The Season 10 winner of "American Idol" turned his New York Christmas concert into a relief benefit for the victims of Hurricane Sandy.
The show at New York's historic Beacon Theater was supposed to be part of his tour promoting his new holiday album, Christmas with Scotty McCreery, but the 19-year-old North Carolinian decided to do something to help the beleaguered people that got caught in the path of the worst hurricane to come ashore in over a century, Hurricane Sandy. So instead of the show retaining the name of his current album, the Black Friday show was called the "Beacon Theater Benefit for Hurricane Sandy Relief."
"Being from North Carolina, I have seen firsthand what hurricanes can do," McCreery told The Boot. "After seeing the devastation caused by Sandy, I wanted to figure out a way to help."
And that's what he did, donating part of the ticket sales to World Vision's Hurricane Sandy relief efforts. The organization has provided assistance to communities in Queens, Staten Island, Bronx, Yonkers and Coney Island in New York since the storm. They have also provided relief for Hoboken and Egg Harbor township in New Jersey. To add to the night's take, World Vision collected donations during Scotty's concert as well.
Scotty was joined at the show by fellow Season 10 finalist Pia Toscano, who happens to be a native of Howard Beach in Queens, New York City. "New York is my hometown," she says, "and it's been difficult to watch what has happened there to my friends and family. So when Scotty asked me to be a part of his Beacon Theater benefit performance, I jumped at the chance."
Scotty and Pia aren't the only "Idol" alums doing their part to raise money for Hurricane Sandy relief. Back on Nov. 16, Season 11 winner Phillip Phillips teamed up with New York PS 22 for a 20-minute online concert where all the money raised went to relief efforts.
Scotty has another New York gig coming up. He's scheduled to perform at the annual tree-lighting ceremony at Rockefeller Plaza on Wednesday, Nov. 28. He'll hang out with new "American Idol" judge Mariah Carey, not to mention Rod Stewart, Trace Adkins, and Cee Lo Green. The show will be broadcast on NBC.
His new album, Christmas with Scotty McCreery, was released in mid-October and debuted at No. 1 on the Holiday Albums chart. It has sold over a hundred thousand copies to date.
World Vision itself is an international evangelical organization dedicated to assistance, education, and relief wherever they are needed around the world. For more information on who they are and what they do, access their website at WVI.org.
Take Home Message: Scotty McCreery had a job to do. He also thought that recent events demanded he do something to help the victims of Hurricane Sandy the best way he could. So Scotty did his job: He sang his songs. At the same time, he helped bring in some much-needed money to support the relief efforts still ongoing in the New York/New Jersey areas that were ravaged by the superstorm at the end of October. Nothing like taking advantage of opportunities.
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