DALLAS (CBSDFW.COM) – It’s been nearly three weeks since Kidd Kraddick’s sudden death at a golf tournament for his “Kidd’s Kids” charity. Thursday night fans honored his memory by giving to that charity at the first-ever “Kidd’s Kids Concert”.
The afternoon began with a public memorial for Kraddick at AT&T Plaza. Several hundred people stood outside and took part in the event.
Two of Kraddick’s passions were music and supporting his foundation for ill children. Thursday the two worlds came together in a tribute for the beloved radio host.
“We’ll share memories. We’ll share the good times and the bad times. We’ll share some videos. Hopefully, our goal is to make everybody laugh.”
Just how many lives Kraddick touched was evident in the number of fans who showed up for the special tribute. Singer Tim Halperin took the stage and Dallas Mavericks owner Mark Cuban and paid his respects. Cuban said Kraddick, “Taught me a lot. He said, ‘What can we do to push each other in business? What can we do to push each other to be better?’ And there’s nobody who did it better than Kidd.”
The headliner of the event was Ben Folds, Kraddick’s favorite artist. “He had such an influence on my dad and I just feel indebted to him. He was just incredible.”
But it was Kraddick’s daughter Caroline who stole the show. “I have one last song for everybody, if I can get through it,” she told the crowd nervously. Then she sang Over The Rainbow.
The memorial, which constantly flashed videos and pictures of Kraddick and the crew, was a celebration of life.
It was a way for fans to say their goodbyes, but also a precursor to the first ever Kidd’s Kids Concert.
The concert was a dream finally come true for a man whose legacy of giving to others will surely live on.
All the proceeds from Thursday night’s concert will go to Kidd’s Kids and CBS 11 learned that Raising Cane’s donated $50,000 to the charity. All those things would have made Kidd Kraddick very happy.
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