By Emily Mosh

‘The Boss’ himself is helping out the Blue Ridge Area Food Bank.

Bruce Springsteen donated four VIP tickets to his Oct. 23 Charlottesville concert for the food bank to auction off this week. The bidding lasted from Monday, Oct. 15, through Thursday, Oct. 18 at noon.

The tickets went for $3,600.

“Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band support food banks all over the country,” said Michael McKee, chief of philanthropy and planning at the Blue Ridge Area Food Bank. “His representatives talked to us last week and said ‘we have four tickets available’.”

The food bank was also encouraged to collect donations and non-perishable food items at the John Paul Jones Arena during the concert.

McKee is thrilled with how much money the auction brought in.

“Every dollar that people contribute allows us to provide four meals,” said McKee. “It goes right into providing food for people in need.”

The $3,600 raised by this auction will provide 14,400 meals for some of the 120,000 people the food bank sees each month.

The auction-winners will get a pre-concert pass to the E Street Lounge, where Springsteen and the E Street Band will be before the show. They will also get to choose between sitting in the first five rows of the concert, or entering the standing-room only area directly in front of the stage.


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