On the heels of winning the most recent Las Vegas Best Nightclub of the Year award from the Las Vegas Review Journal in October, Stoney’s founder Chris Lowden announced today (Oct. 26) that the total funds raised from his 2017 and 2018 concerts, to benefit the Route 91 concert victims, has exceeded $70,000.
On Oct. 2, 2017, immediately after the tragic events the previous day, Lowden and Jeff “Toad” Higginbotham organized a solidarity concert with proceeds going to the Las Vegas Victims Fund created by County Commissioner Steve Sisolak. That show played the following evening to a jam-packed crowd of 1,400 country fans, family and friends of the victims and helped unify the close-knit community. Country music artists Tony Jackson, Carter Winter and Justin Holmes immediately offered to perform and were joined by Dylan Schneider, Matt Farris, Scotty Alexander and Mark MacKay. Stoney’s staff even donated their tips to the cause. The event, #VEGASSTRONG, raised over $40,000.
“As attendees and contributors to Route 91, it was important, from day one, that we demonstrate support for our community and country music,” says Higginbotham, Stoney’s marketing director and co-talent buyer. “We came out of the chute with the first concert to establish that we support all of the victims and their families and the love received from both artists and event goers was amazing. The second event in September was a truly humbling experience. We are grateful for the time, talents and efforts of everyone who supported both events. And to the family and fans we call our country family, we are forever grateful. Love will always win.”
In keeping with the spirit of remembering, honoring and supporting the victims and their families, Stoney’s reprised the event as #VEGASSTRONGER, on Sept. 30, 2018 raising $29,791.31. The event, #VEGASSTRONGER Anniversary Benefit show, included performers: Love and Theft, Drew Baldridge, Austin Burke, Tony Jackson and Stevie Monce. The proceeds from this show were given directly to #LOVEWINS.
“The heinous events of Oct. 1, 2017 rocked us to the core,” Lowden says, “and we are determined to do all that we can, on an ongoing basis, to help the victims of that senseless tragedy heal. I again thank everyone involved for coming together to celebrate the music that we love and to demonstrate that hate will not win over love … LOVE WINS,” he declared from his Stoney’s Rockin’ Country headquarters on the Strip.
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