BILOXI, MS (WLOX) - They've performed around the world and sold 13 million records, but they always come home to make a difference in the community they love.
The Jackson County band 3 Doors Down, performed Saturday night, December 6th, at Hard Rock Casino to raise money for their "Better Life Foundation."
Saturday night's show was sponsored by the Mississippi Army National Guard who gave them a special escort to their 5th Annual benefit concert. After just returning from a 27-day European tour, they say it feels great to be home.
Three Doors Down Guitarist Matt Roberts says, "Well it's always great to be back on the coast and especially during the holiday season, and this is our fifth event for the foundation. We're excited to be, here to get it done and have a great show tonight."
But before the show started Saturday, they had dozens of rock memorabilia items on silent auction. They also raffled off an Army National Guard themed Harley Davidson. Last year, this wonderful event raised 200-thousand dollars for local children's charities.
They also surprised a very special fan. The Make-A-Wish Foundation asked the band to make 15-year-old Kaleb Miller's dream come true.
Kaleb was blown away to meet his hometown heroes, especially when they starting signing his guitar. He just thought he was coming to see his favorite band in concert. After hanging out with them, he was in absolute shock.
Kaleb Miller, "very, it feels so good."
After a meet and greet with VIP's like Kaleb Miller at the Hard Rock, a short trip took them to the AVCRAD base in Gulfport. Then they boarded a black hawk helicopter and got to fly back to Hard Rock Casino over the beautiful Mississippi sound.
Fans and photographers greeted the band as our rides headed back to base. Several big named groups performed for free with 3 Doors Down to headline the show.
These kind souls who love their community so deeply, have never forgotten their roots. Their foundation, appropriately named "The Better Life," has raised more than a million dollars for the people they hope to help.