Chris Brown to Donate Concert Proceeds to Domestic Violence Charity
When Chris Brown announced his Fan Appreciation Tour, he promised to donate a portion of the proceeds to charity. Brown's has chosen to help the Jenesee Center, which aids domestic violence victims, and Best Buddies International, which helps children and adults with developmental disabilities. "Best Buddies ... gives [people] an opportunity to feel like they have a friend and [feel] like a normal person, so they feel like their life isn't any less, like they're equal," Brown said. "Technically, I guess I'm the best buddies for all of them. So I try to give back to them and have fun."
Best Buddies founder, Anthony Kennedy Shriver said that he is appreciative of Brown's philanthropic efforts. "I support Chris Brown's efforts to show the world why he deserves a second chance, given that the commitment he has made to Best Buddies -- not only to perform at our Miami Gala, but also to join the Best Buddies family as a volunteer -- is a huge step in the right direction." Shriver said.
The Los Angeles-based Jenesse Center have been providing assistance and shelter for victims of domestic violence since 1980. Among its services are job training, independent living classes, and counseling. According to Brown he hopes that the tour will bring more awareness to the organization's efforts.
Kicking off Saturday (Nov. 14) in Houston the 19-city tour is Brown's way of showing love to his fans that have supported him throughout his public battles stemming from his assault on ex-girlfriend Rihanna. The 'Run It' singer pleaded guilty to felony assault and must complete five years probation, 180 days of community labor and a domestic violence class. Brown plans to perform in between his community labor sentence, which he has five years to complete. "I'm doing as many hours as I can now, like knocking [them] out, trying to do all the many hours so when I do go on tour it's kind of like a break period and then I can go right back to it." Brown's third album 'Graffiti' hits stores Dec. 8.