Actor Josh Duhamel and the Black-Eyed Peas are helping out North Dakota flood victims this Labor Day weekend.
The Black-Eyed Peas headlined a benefit concert Saturday night in Duhamel's hometown of Minot, the Winnipeg Free Press reported. About twelve thousand people paid $100 each to attend the concert.
Duhamel's wife, Fergie, is the lead singer for the group. She expressed enthusiasm for being in Minot.
This is a beautiful, beautiful vision for us, especially for me because I have family here now, she said from the stage, the WFP reported. It might be small, but it has the biggest heart in America. North Dakota, we love you so much!
Minot was heavily damaged by floods on June 26. More than 4,000 homes were affected and approximately 12,000 people have been displaced, according to the Minot Area Community Foundation.
Duhamel has been spending Labor Day weekend in Minot. He toured his old neighborhood on Friday, KXMC-TV reported.
He and his father, Larry, did the coin toss at the Herb Parker Stadium in Minot State University on Saturday, the Minot Daily News reported.
Duhamel attended MSU and was a quarterback on the football team.
I guess I didn't even know they had this artificial turf, Duhamel said, the MDN reported. The conditions are a little bit better than when we played here.
He is also the honorary chairperson of the Minot Area Community Foundation's Flood Recovery Fund, the MDN reported.
It's tough to come back to see some of the conditions of parts of this town, Duhamel said, the MDN reported. But the spirit of this city remains. And I truly believe that they're going to bounce back from this quicker than people think. Because of the fabric of this city and the character of the people in this city is so strong.