Larry the Cable Guy and Jeff Foxworthy raised nearly $200,000 for pediatric brain cancer research at the Pinnacle Bank Arena on April 25th in front of nearly 10,000 people.
The two performers donated their appearance to benefit the Team Jack Foundation, a local non-profit that raises funds for the disease.
Larry the Cable Guy, originally scheduled to make a solo appearance, surprised his native Nebraska crowd by inviting his good friend Jeff Foxworthy to join him for the performance. Foxworthy’s appearance was kept a secret up until he came on stage. In introducing Foxworthy, Larry the Cable Guy told the Lincoln crowd that his opener had only done four to five shows and he was kind of “nervous.” He then introduced Foxworthy to a cheering crowd. Larry the Cable Guy and Foxworthy entertained the Nebraska crowd, first with solo shows and then together with a “Blue Collar Comedy Show” type question and answer, for over two hours.
The show ended with an emotional “Thank you” from the founders of the Team Jack Foundation and a “pass the hat” for research across the arena.
The Team Jack Foundation was founded by the family of Jack Hoffman, the 7-year old Nebraska boy who is best known for his friendship with Rex Burkhead and his 69-yard ESPY winning touchdown run in the 2013 Nebraska spring game. The Team Jack Foundation’s primary focus is raising money for pediatric brain cancer research. As of January 2014, the Team Jack movement has committed over $1.1 million for pediatric brain cancer research. The Team Jack Foundation is working with world renowned researchers, directly, to develop relevant and impactful research initiatives.