Title: Thundergong Raises $804K for Amputee Care, Lady Gaga Duet Steals the Show
Kansas City’s star-studded charity event, Thundergong!, took the stage by storm as it raised a record-breaking $804,267 for the Steps of Faith Foundation. This extraordinary amount exceeded last year’s funds by an impressive $200,000, thanks to the generosity of the audience and the captivating performance by renowned singer and actress, Lady Gaga.
The highlight of the evening came when Lady Gaga and actor Jason Sudeikis, the brainchild behind Thundergong!, joined forces to perform the spine-tingling duet of Shallow. This beautiful rendition of the Oscar-winning song from the movie A Star Is Born mesmerized the crowd into thunderous applause. The performance garnered significant attention, amassing over 600,000 views on YouTube in just a few days.
While Lady Gaga’s duet stole the show, the ultimate triumph was the realization that the audience’s contributions would make a profound impact on the lives of amputees in need of prosthetic care. The Thundergong! spokesperson revealed that the amount raised continues to climb, with national and international coverage of the stunning Shallow duet fueling further donations.
The Steps of Faith Foundation, the beneficiary of Thundergong!, provides financial support for amputees requiring prosthetic care. Drummer Billy Brimblecom, a close friend of Sudeikis, is the inspiration behind this initiative, having lost his left leg to Ewing Sarcoma in 2005. Over the past six years, Thundergong! has raised approximately $2.1 million for this noble cause.
Grateful for the overwhelming support, Sudeikis addressed the crowd, saying, Kansas City, you do not disappoint. Thank you for helping someone you might never meet. It matters. The event, as in previous years, featured familiar faces from Sudeikis’ creation, Ted Lasso. Brendan Hunt, known for his role as Coach Beard, and Sam Richardson, nominated for two Emmys for his guest role as Edwin Akufo, had previously appeared at Thundergong!.
A standout addition to this year’s show was the first-time appearance of Hannah Waddingham, the talented British actor and singer who portrays AFC Richmond owner Rebecca Welton in Ted Lasso. Sudeikis expressed his excitement about Waddingham’s participation, stating, She’s the one person who overlaps as being a comedian but is also an equally gifted singer. We’re all very excited about that, especially the band.
Last year, country legend Wynonna Judd captivated the Thundergong! audience with a powerful rendition of Foreigner’s I Want to Know What Love Is. However, it was Sudeikis and Waddingham’s unforgettable Shallow performance that dominated headlines this year.
Hannah Waddingham’s vocal prowess will be showcased once again in a forthcoming Apple TV+ special, Hannah Waddingham: Home for Christmas, set to premiere on November 22. The anticipated show promises a delightful blend of music, dance, and special guests, capturing the essence of an old-fashioned holiday special.
Thundergong! not only mesmerized audiences with exceptional entertainment but also embodied the spirit of giving and compassion. With the remarkable success of this year’s event, the Steps of Faith Foundation will continue to provide vital support to amputees in their journey toward a better quality of life.
In summary, Thundergong! 2021 raised an unprecedented $804,267 for amputee care through an electrifying performance by Lady Gaga and Jason Sudeikis. This thunderous success surpasses previous years and demonstrates Kansas City’s unwavering generosity in helping those in need.