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Celine Dion Donates Proceeds of Las Vegas Show to Shooting Victims
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12 Oct 2017 06:23 PM EST

-by Laura Tucker, Staff Writer; Image: Celine Dion (Image Source: Screenshot)

Everyone is handling the news of the recent shooting differently, whether they are a survivor, know a survivor, are a proud resident of Las Vegas, or even with no connection whatsoever.

While Jennifer Lopez chose to cancel her immediate Vegas shows, Celine Dion went a different direction entirely. Not only did she perform two days after the Jason Aldean concert shooting, she vowed to donate the proceeds of her show to the shooting victims.

Dion is in her second residency in Las Vegas, with this one beginning in 2011 and due to end in 2019. She performs approximately 70 times a year. In 2016, it was reported that she makes $476,000 per show.

She showed up at the Colosseum at Caesars Palace last Tuesday just as she was scheduled to. And before she started singing any of her famous songs, she spoke to the crowd about the mass shooting at the Route 91 Harvest country music festival.

"I never start a show like this, standing in front of the curtain, just talking. But tonight is different," the star began. "After Sunday night's incredible, tragic event, all of us here find ourselves asking a similar question: For you, it's 'Do we still go to Celine's show on Tuesday. Night, only two days after the nightmare?' For me, it's 'Can I still do my show? Should I still do my show, only two days after the nightmare?'"

"These are difficult questions," Dion continued, "but I want you to know that you have made the right choice in being here tonight, and the reason that I decided to do this show so soon is more than to just sing. It is to show love and support for those who are affected."

"On Sunday, we lost too many beautiful, innocent souls, and so many are still suffering," she told the crowd. "But tonight we're going to let these families know that we are supporting them and that we will help them through their tragic loss. They are going to need a lot of love, a ton of emotional support, as well as a great deal of financial aid."

Dion then announced, "I want you to know that the proceeds for tonight's show are being donated to the victims' families on your behalf," and received a standing ovation for the announcement.

While it's unclear exactly what proceeds she means, if she means after she is paid or if she means she's donating her take of the till, if it's anywhere close to her take in 2016, that's nearly a half million dollars.

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