WACO, Texas (KWTX) Counting the proceeds from this weekend’s Bowen MusicFest, the annual concert has generated $4 million for the Bowen Family Foundation, which country musician Wade Bowen formed in 2014 to support local nonprofits.
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“We officially hit the $4 million amount for our foundation,” Bowen said.
“I couldn't ask for anything better. I couldn't ask for better support from the Waco community as well.”
While official attendance numbers haven’t been released, thousands crowded Touchdown Alley just outside of McLane Stadium Sunday drawn in by a number of big acts including Randy Rogers, Kevin Fowler, Whiskey Myers, Tracy Byrd and headliner rock band Cheap Trick.
The concert concluded with the traditional “jam” in which multiple artists, including Bowen, performed on stage together.
Monday dozens of golfers continued the fun by teeing off for the annual golf tournament that traditionally follows the all-day show.
"It started off as a simple golf tournament and now we're a three-day event," the 1996 Reicher High School graduate said.
"I'm so proud of what it's grown into."
A number of local charities are chosen each year to benefit from the money raised at the festival which has included over the years the Boys & Girls Clubs of Waco and CASA among others.
Bowen wants to remind concertgoers that the event is about so much more than the music.
"This isn't just a musical festival is a full blown charity event," Bowen said.
"This is 100 percent nonprofit. We give it all back into the community. It doesn't go to New York to pay for some huge foundation out there or national charity."
“Last night’s concert was amazing and I hope the city enjoyed it, “Bowen said.
“We’re just honored to help so many people.”