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Country Superstar Big Kenny: God bless the Lasso family

Big Kenny: God bless the Lasso family

ALLENTOWN, Pa. - Country stars Big and Rich were on stage at Coca-Cola Park in Allentown Friday, and the duo was doing-good while entertaining for thousands.

Ten percent of the ticket sales are being donated to the family of slain Freemansburg police officer Robert Lasso.

Before the concert started, people in attendance were told officer Lasso had tickets to attend Friday night's concert.

Fans said Officer Lasso was there in spirit and were happy to see the group helping his family.

The bright lights and high energy of Big and Rich, Gretchen Wilson and Cowboy Troy rocked Coca-Cola park.

The fans were excited.

"Honestly it's a night out for us. We work together, it's just the two of us at work, stressful and we've been looking forward to it all week," said Williams Township resident Holly Schultheis.

Some of the loudest applause took place before the group even took the stage.

A photo of Freemansburg Officer Robert Lasso was shown on the big screen at the ballpark.

The slain officer was buried on Tuesday, and his memory lives on in the hearts of a lot of people.

Some said the concert was even better knowing the band is donating 10 percent of the concert proceeds to the Lasso family.

"I think that's a great idea, because I think it's nice people want to do that for someone," said Joy Gaumer of Allentown.

"I watched the Apprentice, so I'm kind of partial to Big and Rich. And it doesn't surprise me a bit," said Jeri Cockrell of Waverly, New York.

Even as the group met fans backstage, group member, Big Kenny said people need to remember our local heroes.

"I know personally there's a whole other force on our grounds right here in America and those are the fireman, the rescue people, the officers," said Big and Rich's Big Kenny .

After a moment of silence to remember officer Lasso, the party started.

Robert Lasso had purchased tickets for this show, and now people said the group Big and Rich has paid a great tribute to Lasso by giving to his family.

"They're genuine human beings," said Schultheis. "The fame and fortune doesn't get to them like it does to some people and they're generous and appreciate what he did for the community."

"God bless that family, our hearts pour out, and blessing of comfort be with them," said Kenny.

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