Before Headlining Nancy Davis’ Charity Gala, Flo Rida Discusses The Importance Of Giving Back

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IMGL6029Photo Credit: Courtesy of Flo Rida

Tonight, platinum-selling international music star Flo Rida will take a break from his busy touring schedule to help out one of L.A.’s top philanthropists, Nancy Davis. Flo will headline the historic 25th anniversary gala of Davis’ Race to Erase MS charity event at The Beverly Hilton, which will also include performances by Elle King and Siedah Garrett as well as a runway show from Hollywood-favorite fashion brand alice + olivia by Stacey BendetWe chatted with the “Low” singer before his big philanthropic performance to discuss how he became involved in the event and what giving back means to him.

IMGL5900Photo Credit: Courtesy of Flo Rida

 

Why is Race to Erase MS such an important event?

For 25 years Nancy Davis has raised over 47 million dollars to go towards the eradication of this painful disease which has affected so many people.

Is the cause personal to you? How if so?

I grew up a huge Richard Pryor fan and when I learned that he suffered from MS, I was truly moved.

How did you become involved in this year’s gala?

Jeff Epstein reached out to my management and advised of the opportunity. I was in San Diego performing so I agreed to stay with my band to entertain everyone in support of this great cause.

Is philanthropy an important part of your life? How specifically?

Absolutely, I believe that to whom much is given, much is required. I started my own 501(c)(3) Big Dreams for Kids which services primarily the youth of South Florida but we have outreached underserved communities in Los Angeles, Texas and Georgia. Included in Big Dreams is a football league with over 10,000 kids the FYFL; Future Leaders which consist of youth with at least a 4.0 grade point average that we constantly expose to positive leaders the community as well as teach leadership skills; Strong Arm Elite Track Club, The Gospel Explosion and Back to School.

What are your favorite places to hang out while you’re in LA?

Runyon Canyon, the juice bars, 1OAK and the studio.

How would you describe yourself in a phrase?

Life of the Party

What to you is the greatest luxury in life?

Good health.

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