Chris Tucker Helps High School Choir Achieve Dream of Playing at Carnegie Hall


Actor and comedian Chris Tucker surprised students at a high school near Atlanta, Georgia with a generous donation.

Ola High School’s Choir program had a financial goal of $201,579.25 to meet in order to perform in New York City at Carnegie Hall.

Mindy Forehand, Ola’s choral director, posted Tucker’s surprise visit to the school on Facebook on Wednesday. Tucker informed the students that the Chris Tucker Foundation was paying off the rest of the balance it needed to go to New York City.

The high school was invited back in February 2020 to perform at Carnegie Hall. After hosting fundraisers and events to raise money, they were still short.

The total cost of the trip for 75 singers and 20 chaperones was $201,579.25. They had previously raised $185,238.11 and were short $16,341.14.

Tucker told the students that his mother told him to start the Chris Tucker Foundation to help people and that it’s something he takes to heart.

“You guys have a great time in New York and have a ball in Carnegie Hall,” Tucker said to the roaring crowd.

The money was needed before April 15 for a June 20 performance. Tucker came in two days before the deadline and saved the dreams of the Ola High School choir.


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