David Cook has a longstanding and very extensive commitment to charitable and volunteer work. His involvement goes much further than merely endorsing charitable causes – apart from donating various items for fundraising purposes, he gives generously of his own time and effort, including meet and greets for charitable purposes, active participation in various sporting events and performing at numerous benefit concerts.

Most of the information below has been gathered by fans from various sources, since David rarely publicizes his own involvement unless it can contribute to fundraising for a specific cause. I have gathered it all in one place for easy reference.

Other sources DCO Thread | Look to the Stars David Cook Page

BENEFIT TRACKS

PERMANENT (LIMITED RELEASE – CHARITY SINGLE)

(May 20, 2009) The song Permanent was written for David’s brother, Adam Cook, who sadly passed away in May 2009.

Less than 3 weeks after Adam’s passing, David performed and released Permanent as a charity single, with all proceeds benefiting ABC2., benefitting ABC2 (Accellerate Brain Cancer Cure).

Video(s) ► Story of Permanent | ► Performance on Americal Idol finale | ► Larry King Live interview Pt 1 | ► Pt 2 | ► Pt 3 |     More links

FADE INTO ME (ACOUSTIC) (CHARITY TRACK)

(Nov 27, 2011) Track on Sweetwater Majic Miracle Music CD Vol 6 album, benefitting Riley Hospital for Children in Indianapolis.

Buy album | Video ► David recording single

WE BELIEVE (CHARITY TRACK)

(Dec 20, 2011) Donated single to anyone donating $25 to UN Foundation – GirlUp Project

Press release | Donation page | David’s email to project subscribers

MESSAGE IN A BOTTLE (CHARITY TRACK)

(Aug 29, 2014) Recorded track for album of Police and Sting covers by various musicians, benefiting Rock Against Trafficking

Buy Fundraising Merch | Article Project announcement | Video ► Trailer (Dave at 1:01)   |  Article   Event Info

CONCERTS AND EVENTS

ARMED FORCES ENTERTAINMENT

(Jan 19-24, 2009)   AFE/USO Tour (Persian Gulf)

Toured 7 bases in the Persian Gulf, performing for troops on the frontline.

Press release | ► Event Video(s)

(Jul 04, 2012)   HAWAII – Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam 4th of July Celebration

Performed National Anthem and concert for military personell at 4th of July celebrations.

Review | ► Event Video(s) |     More links

(Jun 24 to Jul 04, 2014) AFE/Navy Tour (Europe)

Performed a series of concerts at various Navy bases across Europe.

Tour announcement | Article | ► Event Video(s) | More links

ALS ICE BUCKET CHALLENGE

(Aug 21, 2014) Aimed at raising awareness of Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (ALS), the challenge requires someone to dump the contents of an ice bucket over their head or make a donation to the ALS Society. David did both.

Event info | Video(s) ► David takes the challenge

AXIUM TSUNAMI RELIEF CONCERT

(Apr 2005) Benefit concert (Uptown Theatre, Kansas City, MO)

Headlined benefit concert with Axium, benefitting victims of the 2004 tsunami in Asia.

Source

BETTER THAN EZRA

(Apr 18, 2010)   9th Annual Better Than Ezra Benefit (Harrahs, New Orleans, LA)

Participated in auction, bowling tournament and gave guest performance at concert,, benefitting Better Than Ezra Foundation.

Event Info | ► Event Video(s)

(Mar 14, 2013)   Better Than Ezra Benefit (Cannery Ballroom, Nashville, TN) (Acoustic)

Acoustic concert with special guests Emerson Hart (of Tonic) and David Cook,, benefitting Montessori School of Franklin

Event Info | ► Event Video(s) |     More links

CELEBRITY GOLF CLASSIC

(Nov 12 to 13, 2014) 8th Annual Moyer Foundation Celebrity Golf Classic – San Diego, CA

Participated in golf tournament benefitting the Moyer Foundation, an organisation that offers support to children affected by bereavement and family addiction.

Event Info  |     More links

CHILD SAFETY NETWORK

(Jan 13, 2009)   Star Car Signings

Signed Star Car 2009, to be offered as a prize to supporters of the Child Safety Network.

Event Info | ► Event Video(s)

CHRIS EVERT /RAYMOND JAMES PRO-CELEB TENNIS CLASSIC

From 2010, David has participated in the Tennis Classic every year, on one occation the day after returning from a concert in Indonesia.

The event benefits Chris Evert Charities

(Nov 05-07, 2010)   2010 Tennis Classic (Boca Raton, FL)

Participated in tennis tournament, cocktail party and Gala Dinner & Dance.

Event info Boca Raton Tribune | Watershed News | ► Event Video(s)

(Nov 12-13, 2011   2011 Tennis Classic (Boca Raton, FL)

Participated in tennis tournament and Gala Dinner & Dance

Event info | ► Event Video(s)

(Oct 27, 2012)   2012 Tennis Classic (Boca Raton, FL)

2012 Participated in tennis tournament and Gala Dinner & Dance; held Meet & Greet

Event info | ► Event Video(s) |     More links

(Nov 14, 2013)   2013 Tennis Classic (Boca Raton, FL)

Participated in tennis tournament, cocktail party and Gala Dinner & Dance.

Event raised $600K | Event info | Meet & Greet pic | ► Event Video(s) |     More links

(Nov 22 to 23, 2014) 2014 Tennis Classic (Boca Raton, FL)

Participated in tennis tournament, cocktail party and Gala Dinner & Dance.

Event raised $700K | Event info | ► Event Video(s) |     More links

CLEARWATER, FL – UNKNOWN CHARITY

(Nov 15, 2011)   Private Benefit Concert (Clearwater, FL)

Performed private concert, benefitting unknown charity, hosted by Charley Belcher (Lindsey Rose’s dad).

Source

CLOVIS RODEO

(Apr 26, 2012)   98th Annual Clovis Rodeo (Clovis, CA)

Performed concert at Rodeo. Proceeds from the Rodeo benefit various local charities.

Press release | ► Event Video(s) |     More links

CROWDRISE $1 MILLION FUNDRAISING CHALLENGE

(Nov 02, 2014)   $1 Million for Brain Cancer Campaign

Campaign to raise additional $70,000 to bring total raised by David and his fans to $1 million benefitting ABC2

Crowdrise Page  | Fan-organised fundraisers  | David’s email to project subscribers  | Press release

(Dec 01, 2014)   94.7 FM (Washington, DC) – DC Lottery Live

Performed acoustic benefit concert for winners of fundraising concert

Event info

(DEC 01, 2014) Video(s) ► Acoustic set w Q & A (Playlist) | Mp3 download(s) ▼Full show (Audio only) (Dbljerseygirl) | ▼Individual songs (ImogenPH) | Photos M & G

(Dec 02, 2014)   Jammin’ Java Benefit Concert – Vienna, VA

Performed benefit concert as culmination of fundraising challenge benefitting ABC2

Event info  | Buy tickets

(DEC 02, 2014) Video(s) ► Set (Playlist) | Mp3 download(s) ▼Full show (Audio only) (Dbljerseygirl) | ▼Full show (Audio only) (NDfromQC) | ▼Individual songs (ImogenPH) | Blog ConcertWindow | Various  Links to Event Multimedia (Foolsapril)

DAVID WRIGHT FOUNDATION

The mission of the David Wright Foundation is to provide aid and assistance toward the health, emotional development, and education for children in need.

David Wright became a fan of David on Idols and was the ‘mystery benefactor’ who arranged that David’s brother, Adam Cook, could attend the American Idol finale. David subsequently participated in various benefit events organised by the David Wright Foundation.

Story

(Nov 12, 2008)   Do Wright Thing Auction (New York)

Donated 2 items to auction: 1) autographed guitar, 2 tickets to Regis & Kathy, and 2 tickets to AI8 finale & after-party and 2) Signed AI outfit

Event Info

(Nov 12, 2008)   Do Wright Thing Gala (New York)

(Nov 12, 2008) Performed benefit concert at Hard Rock Café, NYC.

Event info | ► Event Video(s)

(Jun 25, 2009)   David Wright Foundation 3rd Annual Las Vegas Night (Las Vegas, NV)

Participated in live and silent auction; Vegas-style casino gaming night

Photo | Event ticket

EVERY VOICE COUNTS

(FEB 06, 2015) 4th ANNUAL BENEFIT CONCERT (Kelly Strayhorn Theater, Pittsburgh)

Concert benefitting Life’sWork, an organisation that assists people with disabilities to achieve productive employment opportunities.

Event info

FORT WAYNE, IN – MAJIC 95.1

(Nov 23, 2011   Jefferson Pointe Benefit Concert

Free acoustic concert and Meet & Greet, benefitting Change A Life Project

Contest winner’s story | ► Event videos |     More links

(Nov 23, 2011)   Majic 95.1 Auction

Donated signed guitar, benefitting Change A Life Project.

Source

GLORIA GEMMA FOUNDATION

(Oct 21, 2009)   Flames of Hope (Providence, Rhode Island)

Held Meet and Greet and participated in Breaking Boards for Breast Cancer event.

Event Info | ► Event Video(s)

IRISH 31 SUMMERFEST

(Sep 08, 2012)   Irish 31 Summerfest (Tampa, FL)

Headlined concert at inaugural festival, benefitting ALS Society

Event info | ► Event Videos |     More links

JOPLIN HIGH SCHOOL

(Oct 09, 2011)   Homecoming Concert (Memorial Hall, Joplin, MO)

Free concert for Homecoming Dance after Joplin tornado

Video(s) ► News report | ► Event Video(s) |     More links

LA MARATHON

(Mar 18, 2012)   Honda LA Marathon 2012 (Los Angeles, CA)

Ran in marathon, as well as donating various items for fundraising purposes.

Raised over $72K, benefitting ABC2

Press release | Event info | ► Interview w David Cook | David’s team page | ► Event Video(s) |     More links

LAS VEGAS – MIX 94.1

(Apr 09, 2011)   Pet-a-Palooza

Acoustic concert benefiting various Animal Rescue operations

Event info | ► Event Videos |     More links

(Dec 10, 2011)   Winter Wonderland

Acoustic concert benefiting City Mission of Las Vegas

Event info | ► Event Videos |     More links

MLB – ALL-STAR GAMES (Kansas City, MO)

(Jul 08, 2012)   All-Star Game Charity 5K & Fun Run

Participated in run and handed out medals, benefitting Prostate Cancer Foundation, Stand Up To Cancer and the Greater Kansas City Affiliate of Susan G. Komen for the Cure.

Press release | Video(s) ► Interview | ► Event Video(s)

(Jul 08, 2012)   Make A Wish meet & greet

David met with six children with life-threatening conditions who attended the All-Star Games through the work of the Make A Wish Foundation.

Source

(Jul 08, 2012)   Habitat for Humanity

David and other volunteers helped build homes for tornado victims.

Story |     More links

MIKE ALSTOTT FAMILY FOUNDATION

(APR 09-10, 2015) CELEB OUTDOOR WEEKEND

Participated in golfing tournament and various outdoor activities benefiting MAFF

More info 

MOZILLA FIREFOX CHALLENGE

(Dec 19, 2011 to Jan 11, 2012) Celebrity Fundraising challenge

In terms of the challenge, the celebrity’s fundraising page that raised the most funds within the period would win $25,000 from Mozilla.

In total, David raised over $40K for ABC2.

On David’s birthday in 2011, his fans contributed more than $16,000 in one day..

Event info | ABC2 article | David’s fundraiser page |     More links

NAUTICA MALIBU TRIATHLON

(Sep 16, 2012)   2012 Triathlon (Malibu Beach, CA)

Performed National Anthem at event benefitting Children’s Hospital Los Angeles’ Pediatric Cancer Research Program

Source | Pic | Video(s) ► David singing National Anthem | ► Event Info

NEW YORK PRESBYTERIAN CHILDREN’S HOSPITAL

(May 27, 2008)   Private performance (New York)

Visited sick children and gave acoustic performance for patients.

Source | ► Video

NEW YORK – Z100 NY

(May 29, 2008)   Piggyback ride

David and David Archuleta got a piggyback ride from Z100 DJ Greg T of The Elvis Duran Monring Show to raise money for Rainbows.org

Event Info | ► Event Video(s)

OKIES AND FRIENDS

(May 29, 2013)   Okies and Friends Benefit Concert (Tin Roof (Nashville, TN)

Acoustic concert with various musicians with Oklahoma ties, , benefitting victims of the 2013 Moore, Oklahoma tornado.

Poster | Event info | ► Event Video(s) |     More links

OVER THE EDGE

(Nov 02, 2013)   Over The Edge (San Diego)

David rappeled off the 365ft tall Manchester Grand Hyatt in San Diego, , benefitting ABC2 and San Diego-based brain cancer research.

Event Info | Video(s) ► David announces participation | ► Event Video(s) |     More links

PINK PARTY

(Sep 25, 2010)   Pink Party Breast Cancer Benefit (Hollywood, CA)

Particpated in benefit evening, including live and silent auction, benefitting Cedars-Sinai women’s cancer program.

Event info | ► Event Video(s)

RACE FOR HOPE (WASHINGTON, DC)

Race for Hope is probably the charitable event closest to the heard of David and his fans.

All proceeds from David’s Team for A Cure DC benefit ABC2.

Video(s) ► David announces the passing of his brother | ► A Hero at the Race for Hope | Statement from co-chair of race

(May 03, 2009)   2009 Race For Hope

Served as Grand Marshall; participated in race and golf tournament.

Event Info | ► Event Video(s) |     More links

(May 02, 2010)   2010 Race For Hope

(Apr 30, 2010) Served as Honorary Chair; participated in race and golf tournament; donated several items to auction.

Event Info | Auction Items details | ► Event Video(s) |     More links

(May 01, 2011)   2011 Race for Hope

(May 01, 2011) Served as Honorary Chair; participated in race and golf tournament; donated several items to auction.

Event Info | Auction Items details | ► Event Video(s) |     More links

(Apr 29, 2011)   2011 Concert for Hope Benefit Concert (Warner Theatre, Washington DC)

Performed benefit concert. | Event Info | ► Event Video(s) |     More links

(May 06, 2012)   2012 Race For Hope

(May 06, 2012) Served as Honorary Chair; participated in race and golf tournament; donated several items to auction.

Event Info | Auction Items details | ► Event Video(s) |     More links

(MAY 05, 2012)   2012 Night of Hope Benefit Concert (State Theatre, Virginia Falls)

Performed acoustic concert benefitting Race For Hope and honoring Children’s National Medical Center’s Heroes for Hope .

► Promo | Event Info | ► Event Video(s) |     More links

(May 05, 2013)   2013 Race for Hope

Served as Honorary Chair; participated in race and golf tournament; donated several items to auction.

Event Info | Auction Items details | 2013 Team tee designed by David | ► Event Video(s) |     More links

(May 04, 2013)   2013 Team Lunch (Carmine’s, Washington DC)

Hosted lunch for his Race for Hope Team for A Cure team, including silent auction and t-shirt signing. David spent hours after the event meeting and greeting the 254 assembled team members individually.

Event Info | ► Event Video(s) |     More links

(May 04, 2014)   2014 Race for Hope

Served as Honorary Chair; participated in race and golf tournament; donated several items as prizes to team fundraisers.

Event Info | Details of fundraiser prizes | 2014 Team tee designed by David | ► Event Video(s) |     More links

(May 03, 2014)   2014 Acoustic Concert for Team (The Hamilton, Washington DC)

Performed acoustic set with Q & A session for David’s Race for Hope Team for A Cure.

Event Info | ► Event Video(s) |     More links

RACE TO ERASE MS

(May 18, 2012)   19th Annual Glam Rock To Erase MS Gala (Los Angeles, CA)

One of performers at benefit gala , benefitting Nancy Davis Foundation for Multiple Sclerosis

Event Info | ► Event Video(s) |     More links

ROBIN HOOD FOUNDATION

(May 27, 2008)   Robin Hood Foundation Gala & Auction (New York)

Particpated in benefit evening, including auction, benefitting various poverty relief programs in New York.

Event Info

RONALD MCDONALD HOUSE CHARITIES

(Nov 09, 2010)   Make A Difference Benefit Concert (New York)

Acoustic performance at fundraising dinner, benefitting children with cancer and their families.

Event Info | ► Event Video(s)

(Nov 08, 2011)     Make A Difference Benefit Concert (New York)

Acoustic performance at fundraising dinner, benefitting children with cancer and their families.

Event Info | ► Event Video(s) | Related ► Video (Please read uploader comments) |     More links

SHADOW BUDDIES

David has been actively involved in fundraising activities for the Shadow Buddies Foundation, which provides dolls as a companion and teaching aid to sick children

(Dec 22, 2008)   Hospital visit with Tony Gonzales (Kansas City, MO)

Visit to sick children at Children’s Mercy Hospital.

Event Info | ► Event Video(s)

(May 2009)   David Cook Doll

In 2009, a David Cook doll was developed, the first 500 dolls being donated to All Children’s Hospital, St Petersburg since they had been unable to fund the Shadow Buddies project perviously.

Story | Pic of David Cook doll

(Sep 21, 2009)   Benefit Dinner and Auction (Kansas City, MO)

Gave speech and participated in auction, donating a signed guitar and buying a puppy as gift for his friends, Stevie and Maureen Van Zandt.

Event Info | Pic of guitar | Pic of puppy | Video(s) ► Interview

(May 25, 2010)   Golf tournament

David had already committed to participating in this benefit golf tournament when he was asked to participate in the 2010 American Idol finale. Choosing to honor his charitable commitments, David missed the finale.

Story | Event Info | Video(s) ► Vlog from golf tournament |     More links

SOLES4SOULS

(Apr 01, 2014)   A Soleful Evening Benefit Concert (The Bridge Bldg, Nashville, TN)

Performed concert and donated pair of shoes, benefitting Soles4Souls in partnership with Barefoot Wines

Event Info |  | ► Promo Video | ► Event Video(s) |     More links

TASTE FOR A CURE

(Jun 21, 2008)   Taste for A Cure Gala 2008 (Beverly Wilshire Hotel, Beverly Hills CA)

Performed at Gala evening, including dinner and live auction, benefitting UCLA Jonsson Cancer Center Foundation. The event raised S560,000.

Event Info | ► Event Video(s)

TIGER JAM

(APR 28, 2012)   2012 Tiger Jam (Mandalay Bay Events Centre, Las Vegas NV)

Performed opening set for benefit concert headlined by Jon Bon Jovi, benefitting Tiger Woods Foundation

Event Info | ► Event Video(s) |     More links

DONATIONS TO CHARITABLE ORGANIZATIONS

David has donated various personal and/or autographed items to charitable organizations for fundraising purposes.

(Unknown date)   Blue Springs South High School

Donated signed baseball, benefitting David’s high school’s sport team fundraiser.

Pic of baseball

(May 2008 up to Sept 2010) Wear Your Music

Donated various used guitar strings made into bracelets, benefitting ABC2

Source

(June 2008)   Relay for Life

Donated sealed, mint copy of Analog Heart, benefitting the American Cancer Society

Source

(Aug 09, 2008   Snowdrop Foundation ‘Back To School’ Gala

Donated jacket David wore to perform ‘Innocent’ on American Idol Season 7., benefitting patients and families at Texas Children’s Cancer Center.

Source

(Dec 04, 2008)   Martha Stewart Charity Auction

Donated decorated Christmas ornaments, benefitting Taste of the NFL

Source | Pic of ornament

(Feb 24, 2009)   Musicians on Call 5th Annual Benefit Concert & Auction

Donated autographed guitar

Source

(Aug 06, 2009)   Miller Children’s Hospital Online Charity Auction

Donated autographed guitar

Source

(Sep 16, 2009)   National Military Family Association Charity Auction (DC)

Donated autographed package

Source

(Feb 2, 2010)   Braden Hofen Race for Life Raffle

Donated autographed guitar, benefitting Braden’s Hope For Childhood Cancer Foundation.

Braden’s story | Braden with guitar | David’s letter to Braden’s mom

(Apr 10, 2010)   Danville Library Foundation ‘Doodle For Literacy’ Auction

Donated self-drawn doodle

Event info | David’s drawing

(Sep 30, 2010)   Columbia University ‘Babies Heart Fund’ Event & Silent Auction

Donated autographed guitar

Source

(Nov 24, 2010)   TeamStacie Auction

Donated autographed guitar, benefitting fundraiser to pay medical costs of young woman with breast cancer.

Source

(Nov 30, 2010)   School of Rock, Kansas City MO – House Band Auction,

Donated autographed guitar, benefitting American Brain Tumor Association

Source | Pic of guitar

(Dec 01, 2010)   Hungerthon Celebrity Charity Auction

Donated autographed guitar, benefitting WhyHunger

Source

(Dec 06, 2010)   Kansas City Vocal Institute Auction

Donated Autographed CD Booklet & Photo

Event infoSource

(Dec 15, 2011)   Musicians on Call Seasons Of Music Auction

Donated autographed guitar

Source

(Dec 16, 2011)   Live 95.5 Bid for Kids Auction,

Donated autographed junior guitar, benefitting the Children’s Cancer Association | Event info

Item details

(Dec 17, 2011)   99.5 WPLJ NY Scott and Todd Rock and Roll Auction,

Donated autographed guitar , benefitting Blythesdale Childrens Hospital

Item details

(Feb 27, 2012)   Riverfield Country Day School Auction

Donated autographed drum head

Event info | Item details

(Feb 23, 2013)   91.6 KISS FM (Colorado)

Donated autographed guitar , benefitting St Jude Children’s Research Hospital, Colorado

Source

(Oct 20, 2013)   Tulsa Community College United Way Auction

Donated signed cd/dvd and some customized guitar picks

Source

(Sep 26, 2014)   CharityBuzz Auction

Donated 2 concert tickets including M & G, benefitting Sweet Musicians Relief Fund

Item details | Winning bid: $1,300

(Ongoing)   Blue Springs District Music Scholarship

Funded a Music Scholarship that is awarded annually to students in the Blue Springs district.

2012 Award (scroll to page 8) | 2013 Award (scroll to page 12)

(JAN 15, 2015) THE DRAMA LEAGUE (NYC)

Donated autographed guitar.

Item details

(ONGOING) BANDS FOR ARMS BRACELET

Designed arm bracelet for Bands for Arms, benefitting the San Diego USO.  organisations. In the first weekend of sales, David’s bracelet raised almost S1,000.

Item details

PRIVATE MEETINGS AND HOSPITAL VISITS

David regularly meets children with life-threatening diseases. There are probably far more meetings we will never know of, because of David’s refusal to toot his own horn.

(May 29, 2008)   Ryan Reardon

M & G before taping of Early Show (NYC)

Source

(Jun 10, 2008)   Wounded military members 1st Lt. Mark Little and Cpl. Timothy Atwell

M & G before NBA finals (Los Angeles)

Source

(Jul 02, 2008)   Make A Wish – Sarah

M & G during AI Tour (Arizona)

Source

(Aug 08, 2008)   Make A Wish – Parisa

M & G during AI Tour (NYC)

Source

(May 22, 2009)   Make A Wish – Tyla

M & G during Declaration Tour (NYU concert)

Source | Pic

(Jul 27, 2009)   KHG Brain Tumor Foundation – 2 children with brain cancer

M & G during Declaration Tour (Delaware State Fair concert)

Source

(Sep 26, 2009)   Make A Wish – Ben

M & G during Declaration Tour (Borgata, Atlantic City concert)

Video(s) ► Shoutout to Ben

(Nov 09, 2009)   Dream Factory – Gloria

M & G during Declaration Tour (Kansas City, MO)

Video(s) ► News report

(Nov 25, 2011)   Gloria

Another M & G with Gloria; also brought her to Midlands by AMC concert as his guest

Source

(Aug 07, 2011)   Make A Wish – Unknown family

M & G before Busch Gardens concert

Source

(Dec 07, 2011)   LeHigh Valley Hospital

Hospital visit to patients in pediatric ward.

Source

(May 03, 2012)   Children’s National Medical Centre (Washington, DC)

Hospital visit to patients in pediatric ward.

Source

MISCELLANEOUS SHOUTOUTS

(Mar 23, 2010)   Florida Brain Cancer 5k

Promoted event during radio interview

Audio ► Sunny 104.3 interview (from 2:30 mark) | Event info

(Aug 09, 2011)     Save The Children

Tweeted support for ‘I’m going to be your friend’ campaign, which raises funds to combat the food crisis in eastern Africa.

Source | Event info

(Dec 06, 2010)     In the Spirit of Caring concert (Blue Springs, MO)

Reportedly, a taped msg from Dave was played at the concert

Source | Event info

TV SPECIALS

EXTREME MAKE-OVER – HOME EDITION

(Oct 25, 2009 – Taping: Show aired Jan 20, 2010) Cowan-Brown Family Episode

Celebrity volunteer for the rebuilding of Kori’s house.

Interview | Video(s) ► Broadcast & interview videos

(Oct 25, 2009   Auction to raise funds for American Cancer Society

Donated one of his own guitars to the auction; auctioned off a number of decorative cushions (which he helped design) at a price of more than $1,000. (David also bought one himself).

Video(s) ► David at auction

(Nov 19, 2009)   Concert at Elizabeth, IN

Brought family to concert as his guests

Video(s) ► Shoutout at Elizabeth show

IDOL GIVES BACK

(Apr 21, 2010: Broadcast date) Idol Gives Back 2010

David visited the Biruh Tesfa (Bright Future) Project in Ethiopia to film a segment on work of the UN Foundation in educating and empowering young girls in Ethiopia. The visit was part of the inspiration for the song We Believe, which David co-wrote with James Irvin and Julian Emery.

David’s visit was featured on the 2010 Idol Gives Back broadast, benefitting Children’s Health Fund, Feeding America, Malaria No More, the U.S. Programs of Save the Children and the United Nations Foundation.

UN Press Release | Teleconference (Press-Democrat) | Video(s) ► Vlog from Ethiopia | ► Broadcast & interview videos |     More links

(Apr 21, 2010)   Idol Gives Back 2010 Charitable Auction

Donated an autographed guitar that he used on Idols 2008 tour. The guitar sold for $7,800. In addition, the David Cook team raised more than S10,000.

Guitar info | Guitar winner’s testimonial | Team donations info

STAND UP TO CANCER

(Sep 05,.2008)   2008 SU2C TELETHON

Event info | Video(s) ► David’s PSA

RELATED STORIES

FAN-DRIVEN FUNDRAISING INITIATIVES

(May to Aug 2008) American Cancer Society

Fan team raised $30K during Ai Tour

Source

Oct 04, 2008)   Lindsey Rose’s Light the Night walk (Pinellas Park, FL)

Fan team raised $2K, benefitting the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society

Source

(May 2008 to date) David’s SU2C Fan Team

Fan team raised over $16 K

Source

LINDSEY ROSE STORY

David got to know Lindsey Rose Belcher, a little girl with leukemia, during his time on American Idol. A deep bond and friendship has grown up between them, continuing to this day.

Video(s)   ► David Cook & the orange bracelet for Lindsey Rose |     ► Lindsey meets David | Article Blog by photographer

LUKE MENARD

Luke was one of David’s co-contestants on American Idol, and one of his closest friends there. Shortly after Luke was eliminated from the contest, he was diagnosed with cancer.

David and his family gave Luke a great deal of emotional and financial support during his treatment.

Luke’s blog | Hospital visit during Idol Finale week. | Video(s) ► David’s shoutout to Luke on Larry King | Donated guitar to fundraising auction and matched proceeds

MICHAEL DEMAIO

David met Michael, a brain cancer survivor at the Night of Hope in 2012. The two kept in touch, and Michael played  a sax part written especially for him during one of David’s concerts in 2013.

Story  |  Video

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