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16 Oct

KISS Teams with Legacy Australia for a Charitable Cause

Rock and Roll Hall of Famers, KISS, recently wrapped up another tremendous Australian tour earlier this week, performing seven impeccable concerts throughout the country, including back-to-back sold out performances at Melbourne’s Rod Laver Arena.  However, as amazing as KISS’ performances consistently tend to be, the true highlight of this tour had taken place away from the stage, where the band teamed up with Legacy Australia to enlist war widows as “roadies” for each stop of the tour, bringing awareness to a remarkable charity with a highly worthwhile cause.

Legacy Australia is a charity that provides services to Australian families suffering financially and socially after the incapacitation or death of a spouse or parent, during or after their Defense Force service. Today Legacy's caring and compassionate service assists over 90,000 widows and 1,900 children and dependents with a disability.  At each of the band’s seven Australian concerts, Legacy Australia selected a woman for this once-in-a-lifetime experience. The ladies worked with the KISS team in the VIP Packages area, prepping and building the area at each venue, hosting the VIP fans who attended a special afternoon acoustic session from KISS, and managing the VIP band photo opportunities.  And of course, after all that hard work, each participant was able to enjoy the show.

On behalf of the partnership, Legacy Australia Chairman, David Gray states, “It really is such a tremendous opportunity, and we can’t thank KISS enough for the support they are giving our organization while touring in Australia and helping raise awareness around the world,” he said.  “KISS have a very close affiliation with service men and women in the US and we are very happy they have decided to support our vital work here in Australia. These ladies have made such a huge sacrifice and it is fabulous we are offering them something very, very special in return.”

In the US, KISS are active supporters of the Wounded Warrior Project, which is a non-profit organization assisting men & women who have incurred service connected injuries, and the Hiring Our Heroes program, a US initiative to help veterans, transitioning service members, and military spouses find meaningful employment.

KISS has raised awareness for both programs by regularly visiting recovering wounded veterans, raising money through donating proceeds from concert ticket sales and by giving returned veterans the opportunity to work as “KISS Roadies” on their tours. To date KISS has raised upwards of two million dollars in funds and millions more in awareness from media for their support of military veterans causes.

More information on KISS can be found at  Great work, guys!