Five Finger Death Punch and Breaking Benjamin wrapped their joint headlining summer tour last weekend, and the tour has helped two charities.
The bands donated $190,000 total to Concerns Of Police Survivors and Prevent Child Abuse America. That gives each organization $95,000. C.O.P.S. works with people affected by police officers’ line of duty deaths while Prevent Child Abuse America helps develop programs that help prevent all types of child abuse and neglect.
Five Finger Death Punch guitarist Zoltan Bathory was humble as he talked about donating to C.O.P.S.
“We’ve had the privilege to work with veteran and police organizations for years,” Bathory said. “Today we are making this donation as a token of our respect and gratitude to those who committed to protect and serve, to those who signed up to bravely hold that thin blue line between ‘civilization as we know it’ and ‘lawless savagery and chaos.’ Unfortunately, every 58 hours, a police officer who believes in something sacrifices everything and dies in the line of duty. C.O.P.S. helps and benefits the families of our fallen heroes in blue.”
C.O.P.S. Executive Director Dianne Bernhard was appreciative of the donation.
“C.O.P.S. is grateful to be the recipient of such a generous donation from Five Finger Death Punch,” Bernhard said. “We not only appreciate their amazing musical talent, but their support for surviving families and co-workers of America’s law enforcement truly sets them apart. Thank you on behalf of over 47,000 survivors!”
Breaking Benjamin front man Benjamin Burnley was just as humble as Bathory as he talked about working with Prevent Child Abuse America.
“We’re honored to be able to utilize the thing we love to do most as a tool to help children in need,” Burnley said. “Organizations such as Prevent Child Abuse America remind us that we are the voice of the voiceless, and positive change is possible in otherwise hopeless situations for these kids. We offer our utmost gratitude to every fan who bought a ticket this summer and made a difference. And last but not least, thank you to the selfless people at Prevent Child Abuse America for inspiring greatness and all that you do to make the future brighter for so many.”
PCAAA President and CEO Dan Duffy was moved by the donation to his organization.
“We are very grateful to the members of Breaking Benjamin, not only for this incredible donation, but for helping to spread the word that child abuse neglect and prevention is possible, “Duffy said. “This donation from Breaking Benjamin and their fans will go directly toward programs like Healthy Families America that are making a difference in local communities across the country. At Prevent Child Abuse America, we say that “we all have a role to play,” and we hope that others are inspired by Breaking Benjamin to learn more about ways that each of us can make an impact in our local community. Thank you again to Ben, Aaron, Shaun, Jason and Keith for your generosity on behalf of our nation’s children.”
Breaking Benjamin and Five Finger Death Punch will head back out on the road together this fall thanks to fan demand for more from the bands. The groups’ new tour is currently scheduled to launch Nov. 6 in Whichita, KS and to run through Dec. 11 in Portland, ME. The tour, whose dates are noted below, also features performances in Fayetteville, NC; Bozeman, MT and Lincoln, NE.
Each band will tour in support of its own new full-length studio recording — Five Finger Death Punch in support of And Justice for None and Breaking Benjamin in support of Ember.
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