Country artists including Jason Aldean came together to honor Live Nation’s Brian O’Connell on Tuesday night.
The Onsite Foundation’s annual Inspire event happened on Tuesday night and it was a special ceremony. They gave O’Connell their Inspiration Award for his and his team’s commitment to helping the victims and families of the Route 91 Harvest shooting. To honor him, they created a heartfelt, intimate evening at Marathon Music Works.
Maren Morris, Florida Georgia Line‘s Tyler Hubbard and his wife Hayley, Big & Rich, Rory Feek and others spoke. Aldean and Big & Rich also performed during the night, paying tribute to the work and commitment to music demonstrated by O’Connell and The Onsite Foundation.
Following the tragedy, he foundation created a scholarship, trauma and grief intensive program. The program is specifically for those who lost loved ones. Proceeds from the Inspire event will directly benefit them, helping them to heal through music.
“An event like last night helps fund a mission beyond our wildest dreams,” said Miles Adcox, CEO of The Onsite Foundation. “Every dollar raised will go to a family member who suffered a loss as a result of the tragedy in Las Vegas last year, allowing them a fully paid scholarship to come spend a week at Onsite. It has been amazing to get to work with Brian who came to us and said ‘help me, help them,’ and through programs like this we can.”
O’Connell, who is the President of Country Touring at Live Nation, also spoke humbly during the event.
“The INSPIRE award is the person sitting next to you, we need to inspire each other. We can make our community, and everyone we touch that much better, by just humanizing mental health. I am honored to accept this award on behalf of everyone who’s been touched by mental illness or touched by a loss.”
Find out more about the Onsite Foundation’s Inspire event here.
Our coverage leading up to the event can be found here.