LAS VEGAS (Sept. 15, 2018) – In an extraordinary, one-night-only experience, the 5th Annual Rise Up Gala raised a record $2.1 million for The Tyler Robinson Foundation (TRF), the Imagine Dragons’ nonprofit organization dedicated to supporting families facing a pediatric cancer diagnosis.
More than 800 guests attended the star-studded, sold-out event held at Caesars Palace in Las Vegas which featured a performance by the GRAMMY Award-winning, multiplatinum-selling band, as well as appearances by special guests including master of ceremonies Joel McHale, Criss Angel, Clayne Crawford, “Impractical Jokers” stars The Tenderloins, Missi Pyle and TRF Community Impact Award honorees the NHL Western Division champions, the Vegas Golden Knights including Pierre-Edouard Bellemare, Cody Eakin, Deryk Engelland, Erik Haula, Nick Holden, Brad Hunt, William Karlsson, Brayden McNabb, Colin Miller, Tomas Nosek, Nate Schmidt, Reilly Smith, Tomas Tatar and Alex Tuch.
TRF supporters and Imagine Dragons fans unable to attend the event once again had an opportunity to join the gala’s festivities from home, catching a livestream of the band’s special acoustic set as well as a livestream of the red carpet arrivals hosted by Frankie Grande. Online viewers generously contributed to TRF’s mission, raising an additional $5,000 in support of TRF families.
Additionally, the Rise Up Gala honored those who have made notable contributions to TRF through direct personal efforts, philanthropic support, or by raising public awareness for pediatric cancer. This year’s honorees included the Vegas Golden Knights, corporate partner Live Nation, TRF Youth Ambassador of the Year 17-year old singer/songwriter Tris Weeks and the Legacy Award honoree Jeff Schwartz.
TRF has raised more than $7.5 million to support families battling childhood cancer by providing grants to offset the many unseen costs associated with treatment. More than 500 families have benefited from TRF support. The Foundation continues to grow its efforts for families through a number of awareness and fundraising initiatives.
The Tyler Robinson Foundation
The Tyler Robinson Foundation (TRF) helps strengthen families financially and emotionally as they cope with the tragedy of a pediatric cancer diagnosis by providing grants specifically to offset out-of-pocket life expenses. TRF is the nonprofit organization of the Grammy Award-winning, multi-platinum selling band Imagine Dragons. TRF meets a critical need in communities across the U.S., Canada and Mexico. Each year, one in 285 children are diagnosed with cancer. While many pediatric cancer organizations focus on growing awareness and support for families with the physical and emotional toll of a diagnosis, the huge financial hardship cancer treatment places on families is rarely discussed. More than 85-percent of every dollar TRF raises goes right to families in need. For more information visit TRF.org.
Formed in 2009 and featuring lead vocalist Dan Reynolds, guitarist Wayne Sermon, bassist Ben McKee, and drummer Daniel Platzman, Imagine Dragons earned a grassroots following by independently releasing a series of EPs. After Alex Da Kid signed them to his KIDinaKORNER/Interscope label, the band made its major-label debut with the release of Continued Silence, a 2012 EP featuring the 2x platinum breakthrough single “It’s Time.” Night Visions arrived later that year and Imagine Dragons found themselves on a skyward trajectory that saw the album debut at No. 2 on the Billboard Top 200 Albums chart and became the No. 1 album on Spotify Worldwide for 2013. Night Visions has sold more than 5 million copies worldwide. The album’s second single, the 9x-platinum “Radioactive,” hit No. 1 on the Billboard Rock chart and earned the band a 2014 Grammy for “Best Rock Performance.” The third single, “Demons,” hit No. 1 on Alternative and Top 40 radio, and has sold 3.9 million copies in the U.S. Imagine Dragons’ platinum-selling second album, Smoke + Mirrors, debuted at #1 on the Billboard Top 200 album chart and has sold 1.1 million copies worldwide. Imagine Dragons’ third studio album, Evolve, has been certified double-platinum within a year of its June 2017 release. Evolve has spent 60 weeks on Billboard’s Top 200 Albums chart. The album is 10th in the world on Spotify with over 38 million monthly listeners.