Joe Provides a Miracle

Joe Nichols made a difference in the lives of three Florida children when he performed at a benefit concert Thursday night, July 3, at the Joyland country music night club in Bradenton, Fla.

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The concert was designed to set up a trust fund for the children of Pamela LeRose, who was shot to death outside of Peach's restaurant, where LeRose worked, on May 31. The single mother left behind three teenage children. LeRose’s mother Pamela Cain said that the concert was "like a miracle," because the children need so much and were left with so little.

The benefit concert was the idea of Sammy Cruise, program director for 106.5 CTQ, a local country music radio station, who wanted to do something to help her children. Cruise contacted Joe about performing at the event. Joe’s record label paid for all of his expenses to do a one-hour acoustic show in Bradenton. "It's such a tragic story," Joe said. "It's a helpless kind of situation the kids are in. They really need a miracle. If we can provide a little relief, we're glad to help."

Ticket sales raised $12,000, and a pre-concert meet-and-greet at Joe's suggestion was auctioned off to raise another $1,260. A silent auction with an autographed helmet from football great Dan Marino and an autographed football from Emmett Smith was anticipated to bring in even more. Pamela Cain said of Joe after the concert, “He must have a heart as big as the world.”

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