Hilary Saunders is a writer, editor, and proud alumna of The U. She firmly believes that rock and roll can save the world.
Celebrity Charities – Adele made a commendable ticketing decision for her 2011 tour, even though health problems forced her to cancel many of her last performances.
As stipulated in her North American tour rider, the 23-year-old singer required all guests receiving complimentary tickets to donate a minimum of $20 in cash to the charity when they collected their passes at the box office.
The statute applied to everyone, no matter who provided the comp tickets (Adele herself, concert promoters, or venue staff). “There will be no exception to this rule,” the document read. And if VIPs paid their dues in advance, “Donation Paid” was explicitly written by their names on the guest lists.
Adele specifically requested that all cash collected on tour be donated to Sands, a British organization dedicated to “supporting anyone affected by the death of a baby and promoting research to reduce the loss of babies’ lives.” During her pervious UK and European tours, Adele raised more than $13,000 from donations made by guests through these tactics.
In non-charitable news, the diva’s rider also stated that she only accepted European beer and “the very best quality” of red wine.