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Imagine Dragon's nonprofit raises $3.2 million to aid children with pediatric cancer

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Imagine Dragon's nonprofit raised over $3 million for families who have children with pediatric cancer. (Photo: Gabe Ginsberg / Tyler Robinson Foundation)

Imagine Dragon's nonprofit raised over $3 million for families who have children with pediatric cancer.

In a one-night-only experience, the 6th Annual Rise Up raised $3.2 million for the Tyler Robinson Foundation (TRF) - the band's nonprofit organization dedicated to supporting families facing pediatric cancer diagnoses, according to a press release issued Sunday. All proceeds raised benefitted the nonprofit, with 85% of every dollar raised going directly to families in need.

Over 850 people attended the event on Friday at the Wynn in Las Vegas, which featured a performance by Imagine Dragons and appearances from celebrities, including:

  • Alexandra Daddario
  • The cast of "Le Reve - The Dream"
  • Concetta "Aunt Chippy" Potenza
  • Daniel Emmet
  • Dolph Lundgren
  • "Impractical Jokers"
  • The Tenderloins
  • Mike Xavier
  • Sean Giambrone

Other guests include last year’s TRF Community Impact Award honorees - Vegas Golden Knights players Alex Tuch, Brayden McNabb, Cody Eakin, Deryk Engelland, Marc-Andre Fleury, Mark Stone, Max Pacioretty, Nate Schmidt, Nick Holden, Paul Stastny, Reilly Smith, Ryan Reeves and Shea Theodore.

TRF supporters and Imagine Dragons fans unable to attend the event had the opportunity to join the gala's festivities from home by catching a livestream from the band's acoustic set as well as a livestream of the red carpet arrivals, which were hosted by Celebrity Page TV's Jaymes Vaughan and McKenna Roberts from HBO's "Euphoria."

The Rise Up Gala offered attendees an exclusive night of entertainment and glamor while celebrating the individuals who made significant contributions to the nonprofit.

Also, the Rise Up Gala honored those who made notable contributions to the nonprofit through direct personal efforts, philanthropic support, or by raising public awareness for pediatric cancer. This year's honorees included TRF Community Impact honorees Zappos and Zappos For Good, Team TRF Honoree Corner Canyon High School, TRF Honorary Chair Shaquille O’Neal and TRF Legacy Award honoree artist Tim and Amy Cantor.

In a surprising turn of events, Las Vegas Mayor Carolyn Goodman recognized Imagine Dragons for their philanthropic efforts in supporting families battling childhood cancer in support of TRF in Las Vegas and beyond by naming Sept. 6 Imagine Dragons Day in Las Vegas, according to the press release.

TRF helps strengthen families financially and emotionally as they cope with pediatric cancer diagnoses by providing grants specifically to offset out-of-pocket expenses, stated the press release. The nonprofit started with Tyler Robinson, who was diagnosed with a rare form of cancer when he was 16, according to TRF's official website. In the following year leading up to his passing, he touched countless lives, including the members of Imagine Dragons.

Robinson was a huge fan of music. His brother Jesse had tickets to an Imagine Dragons concert and sent the band a Facebook message, saying that they were going to come to the show. During the concert, Imagine Dragons gave him a special shoutout during their song "It's Time." Since then, their friendship bloomed.

In 2013, Imagine Dragons teamed up with Robinson's family to help families battle the costs of pediatric cancer to honor his legacy.

To learn more about TRF, visit the nonprofit's website here.