Friday, August 2, 2013 , Updated 10:00 a.m., August 5, 2013
Kidd’s Kids concert at House of Blues August 15 will go on as scheduled
Before his death, Kraddick said the concert provides a way for musicians to proactively be involved with the charity.
On Saturday night, the 53-year-old died of cardiac disease while in New Orleans for a golf tournament benefitting Kidd's Kids, which takes chronically and terminally ill children to Walt Disney World each year.
But what many don't know is that while the public mourns his loss, the team at the Kraddick Foundation and Raising Cane's is still hard at work, executing Kraddick's vision for the first Concert for Kidd's Kids.
The concert, which will take place 7 p.m. August 15 at House of Blues, benefits Kraddick's personal charity program, Kidd's Kids -- the charity he died supporting.
Now, the team of artists and organizers must continue to prepare for the concert -- and the trip to Disney -- without him.
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"Kidd Kraddick" radio show continues Monday morning with tearful goodbye to its founder
"It was an honor and a blessing to have known you," Jason Derulo posted on Facebook Saturday. "Heart and my deepest prayers go out to your family. Your legacy will live on."
Derulo, along with The Jonas Brothers, Andy Grammer, Cimorelli, and Tim Halperin, will perform at the concert.
"[W]e've had tons of artists come by the studio, and when they learn about Kidd's Kids, they want to know how they can help," Kraddick said in an email to Star Local News last week. "Putting together a concert allows more artists to be a part of something special."
The event has also gotten a boost from Raising Cane's Chicken Fingers, which has already donated $10,000 and plans on donating an additional $50,000 for the concert.
"Over the past year, I have had the distinct pleasure of getting to know Kidd through our company's support of his extraordinary charity, Kidd's Kids. Before that, I was a fan just like millions of others," Raising Cane's founder and CEO Todd Graves said in a press statement. "We will do our part to fulfill his vision for Kidd's Kids."
Kraddick's love of charity work started long ago, said Derrick Brown, executive director of the Kraddick Foundation.
"It's kind of a funny story," he said. "Kidd has a daughter, Caroline, and basically when he and his [ex-]wife were pregnant, he said 'If my daughter comes out healthy, I will do all I can to help parents who aren't as fortunate.' And that was kind of the spark."
It was when he created Kidd's Kids, however, when he truly found his place.
"He fell into his niche," Brown said. "This was the place where his heart belonged to."
The co-hosts of "Kidd Kraddick in the Morning" devoted an hour on Monday to remembering Kraddick. Regardless of what the future holds, the legendary radio personality is sure to be missed, his co-hosts said.
"For the first time ever, we are 'Kidd Kraddick in the Morning' without Kidd Kraddick," said co-host Kellie Rasberry on the show Monday morning. "Every good thing I have in my life, in my career, is because of him. We're beyond devastated."
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