Eric Church Donates $1 Million to Charity in His Mother’s Honor

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Eric Church returned to his home state of North Carolina to make a very special donation to help a cause close to his heart.

The “Kill a Word” singer made a surprise appearance at this week’s JDRF’s Hope Gala in Charlotte, and he didn’t come empty handed. Clad in a sleek suit and without his signature sunglasses, Church presented a $1 million check from himself and his wife Katherine to the JDRF Diabetes Foundation.

“I can’t think of a more fitting occasion to make Chief Cares’ largest donation than in honor of my mother and her battle with type 1 diabetes,” said Church.

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The Chief Cares Fund was founded by Eric and Katherine Church in 2013. Since its creation, the organization has helped underprivileged families and children throughout Tennessee, North Carolina and other countries.

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Church is currently gearing up for his 2017 Holdin’ My Own Tour, which kicks off Jan. 13 at the Pinnacle Bank Arena in Lincoln, Neb. He’s also set to release a brand new live album, “Mr. Misunderstood On the Rocks Live and (Mostly) Unplugged,” on Nov. 4.

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Eric Church Donates $1 Million to Charity in His Mother’s Honor