Justin Moore Donates $30,000 to Help Victims of Gun Violence in Schools

Justin Moore Donates $30,000 to Help Victims of Gun Violence in Schools

Before Justin Moore headlined the inaugural #MSDCountryStrong concert benefiting Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School’s MSD Fund—a charity honoring the heroes, victims and survivors of gun violence in schools—the country star donated $30,000 to the fund on behalf of his family and crew.

In February 2018, a lone gunman opened fire at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Fla., killing 17 students and staff members and injuring 17 others.

Prior to his set on Sept. 21, Justin revealed the donation in a heartfelt speech as victims and their families joined him onstage.

“I’m of the belief that when God allows you to have a platform like I have, you’re supposed to use it for good,” said Justin. “I’m a father of four. I send each and every one of them to school every day and drop them off. Usually it’s late, but I drop them off each and everyday. My first prayer is that they’ll come home safe that afternoon. I can’t even fathom what these families up here—and maybe some of you guys—have had to deal with and the difficulty this has caused. So sorry for that. I’m not going to pretend to know what that feels like. Just know that from me and my camp that we’ll be praying for your continued healing, and we hope and pray that one day, at some point, you’ll see your loved ones again.”

Before singing his 2011 No. 1 hit, “If Heaven Wasn’t So Far Away,” Justin dedicated the track to servicemen and women, security guards, nurses, police officers and teachers who have lost their lives.

“I’ve got to be honest, I’ve done a lot of charity events over the years benefiting so many different things,” said Justin. “I’ll tell you what. This one has really touched me . . . having the opportunity here tonight to meet wives and dads and moms, brothers, sisters and sons and daughters. It really is touching, especially me being a father. It affects me.”

photo by Tammie Arroyo, AFF-USA.com

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Michael Ray Honors His Grandma Penny with a Tattoo

Michael Ray Honors His Grandma Penny with a Tattoo

When you’re getting a permanent addition to you body, you want to make sure it means something, right?

Michael Ray has several tattoos, but each one has a personal connection to his life, “All my tattoos are either family based, religious based, or music based.”

He shares the story of one of his tattoos that honors his late grandmother, “So, my grandma, Penny, she passed away a couple of years ago, and I have a tattoo memory of my grandfather, and I wanted a tattoo for her. Her nickname was Penny, and I got a penny with my Grandmother’s birth year, 1942, on the date, on the inside of my arm.”

If he could change one thing about the tattoo…it would just be WHEN he got it. Turns out Michael got it on a show day, and it being on his arm, well, Michael admits “I started playing guitar that night…for the show, and it hurt like hell.”

But even with that night of pain Michael proudly says “it’s probably my favorite tattoo.”


Photo Credit: Sean Hagwell