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The Fillmore, Detroit, Mich.
Five Finger Death Punch and Breaking Benjamin donated $190k from ticket sales during the summer portion of their ongoing tour to a pair of charity organizations.
The two rock bands earmarked $95k apiece, with Five Finger Death Punch donating to C.O.P.S. – Concerns of Police Survivors, to rebuild the lives of survivors affected by line of duty deaths, while Breaking Benjamin tapped Prevent Child Abuse America to improve child well-being and develop programs to prevent abuse and neglect.
Said FFDP’s Zoltan Bathory: “We’ve had the privilege to work with veteran and police organizations for years. Today we are making this donation as a token of our respect and gratitude to those who committed to protect and serve, to those who signed up to bravely hold that thin blue line between ‘civilization as we know it’ and ‘lawless savagery and chaos.’ Unfortunately, every 58 hours a police officer who believes in something sacrifices everything and dies in the line of duty. C.O.P.S. (Concerns Of Police Survivors) helps and benefits the families of our fallen heroes in blue.”
Added Breaking Benjamin’s Ben Burnley: “We’re honored to be able to utilize the thing we love to do most as a tool to help children in need. Organizations such as Prevent Child Abuse America remind us that we are the voice of the voiceless and positive change is possible in otherwise hopeless situations for these kids. We offer our utmost gratitude to every fan who bought a ticket this summer and made a difference. And last but not least, thank you to the selfless people at Prevent Child Abuse America for inspiring greatness and all that you do to make the future brighter for so many.”
The two bands have expanded their co-headlining North American amphitheatre tour, co-produced by Live Nation and Frank Productions, into the fall, with From Ashes to New as support, while Bad Wolves or In Flames will appear on select dates. Nothing More and Bad Wolves were opening acts on the summer leg.