Imagine Dragons’ Tyler Robinson Foundation Rise Up Gala Raises Over $2.6 Million

Proceeds support families facing a pediatric cancer diagnosis

For one night only, the seventh annual Rise Up Gala raised over $2.6 million for Imagine Dragons’ non-profit organization, Tyler Robinson Foundation (TRF), which supports families battling a pediatric cancer diagnosis by providing grants to support their unexpected life expenses. Every year one in 285 children are diagnosed with cancer. 

Joel McHale/Photo Credit Denise Truscello

Joel McHale, actor and comedian, hosted the sold-out event this past weekend that was held at the outdoor pavilion at Wynn Las Vegas. 



Outdoor Pavillion/Photo Credit Denise Truscello

Surprise Performances

660 guests attended the Rise Up Gala and Imagine Dragons surprised the attendees with a live performance of some of their most popular songs including “Believer,” “Follow You,” “Whatever It Takes,” plus Tyler’s song, “It’s Time,” followed by several others.

Photo Credit Denise Truscello

Singing Challenge Supports TRF

During the homegrown band’s performance, frontman Dan Reynolds pledged a $50,000 donation to TRF if a guest mustered the courage to take the stage to sing a rendition of “Radioactive.”

Among the attendees was Cooper Sandoval, a TRF Ambassador from Reno, and he stepped up the mic to support the cause and sang Imagine Dragons’ hit single with so much heart that it brought the entire pavilion on their feet in solidarity. 

Imagine Dragons and Cooper Sandoval, TRF Ambassador/Photo Credit Denise Truscello

Honoring Special Contributions to TRF

Among surprise performances, singing challenges and heartfelt donations, the event also took time to honor those who have contributed to TRF in a myriad of ways such as direct personal efforts, philanthropic support or by raising public awareness for pediatric cancer. 

At this year’s Gala, the honorees that they recognized were Intermountain Healthcare, Team TRF Honoree Richard Rundle Elementary School and TRF Legacy Award honoree Matthew Frazier plus John C. Kish Foundation. 

TRF’s Life Changing Contributions

The non-profit organization has provided support for over 2,000 families all over the world and has raised more than $12 million over the last eight years since it started to serve families that are emotionally and financially struggling to cope with a pediatric cancer diagnosis. 85 percent of every dollar TRF raises goes directly to benefiting and strengthening families in need.

There are many other non-profit organizations that focus on spreading awareness of the physical and emotional stress that comes with a pediatric diagnosis, but TRF also works to bring attention to the financial struggles of paying for cancer treatments that aren’t always as openly discussed. 

Imagine Dragons with TRF kids/Photo Credit Denise Truscello

Ways To Help TRF Support Families in Need

On TRF’s website, click on the “Get Involved” link at the top of the page. A dropdown menu will appear listing five different ways to show support include Purchase with a Purpose, TRF’s Emergency Fund, Become a Team TRF school, Become a TRF Ambassador and Pen Pal Program. 

Purchase with a Purpose

Shop for TRF Merch or buy products from some of TRF’s partnerships such as Paw Key Dogs, Goody’s Original Popcorn, Cellar Angels and more. Or purchase something from one of these shops as a gift for a friend or family member. 

TRF’s Emergency Fund

Donate to TRF’s Emergency Fund and add 1.25 percent so that 100 percent of the money you give goes to supporting the families in need. 

Become a Team TRF School

Get in touch with TRF to learn how to fundraise through schools from elementary to college and TRF will help create a customized action plan to help raise money through your school.

Become a TRF Ambassador

Volunteer your time and talents as a TRF Ambassador. Learn how to make an impact and become a fundraiser leader to help TRF support families affected by pediatric cancer. 

Pen Pal Program

If money and time aren’t viable options at this time as a way to pay it forward, you can alway write a word of encouragement to a child battling with pediatric cancer to brighten their day. Their website lists easy steps to follow on how to send a warm letter to a TRF kid. 

For additional information about TRF, visit Tyler Robinson Foundation’s internet site

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