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Shaq Drops $20K At His Charity Event For Mom To Watch John Legend And Jennifer Hudson Perform

Talk about a mama’s boy. Shaquille O’Neal dropped $20,000 for his mom to watch John Legend and Jennifer Hudson perform from an exclusive view at his annual soiree.

During his annual fundraising event, “The Event,” Shaq enticed attendees to bid generously during the live auction. He joined the fray, offering a hefty price for his mother to watch the EGOT-winning artists sing at a private table, as confirmed by People.

The charitable event, part of his Shaquille O’Neal Foundation, also featured performances from Dan+Shay and Anderson .Paak. Held at Las Vegas’ MGM Grand and hosted by Joel McHale, Shaq’s mother, expressed much delight at her seat.

However, the front-row experience was not the only thing the athlete-turned-entrepreneur opened his wallet for. His second bid was toward a luxurious vacation in Bora Bora, which he won for the not-so modest price of $50,000.

His eponymous foundation seeks to help vulnerable youth bridge opportunities to better their lives and hosts “The Event.” The live auction grants its affluent attendees the chance to bid on unforgettable experiences, such as a day with Shaq or a round of golf with Mark Wahlberg.

Shaq took to Instagram to share a snippet of Legend performing at the third annual Event.


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“We raised the bar last year, and The Third Event promises to do the same. I’m so grateful to our entertainers who are once again donating their time,” Shaq wrote in a preview. “I know they will create a night of incredible music and comedy in a true testament to the power of unity to make a difference in kids’ lives. I’m also excited to see familiar faces and new supporters alike, joining hands in the spirit of compassion to give back to the community. Let’s make this another night to remember!”

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