GRiZ (real name Grant Kwiecinski) is one of those artists we can't get enough of. Not only does he provide the world with amazing music, but he uses his platform as a way to give back. In his latest philanthropic mission, he teamed up with one the world's top Fortnite players, DrLupo (real name Benjamin Lupo), to play a four-hour Fortnite live stream on Twitch in partnership with the live stream fundraising platform Tiltify.
The duo, along with the top donors who were invited to play each hour, raised over $18,000 for The Trevor Project, the world's largest suicide prevention and crisis intervention organization for LGBTQ young people. The streaming brought in a whopping 280,000 views. During the stream, Kwiecinski and Lupo incentivized players with raffle prizes and artist merch.
The two hosts battled it out over the four-hour game session as they playfully poked fun at each other. Before the live stream, Kwiecinski said: “Gonna be a blast to finally show Lupo how to properly crank 90s. On another note, maybe I’ll finally get a W..... Can’t wait!”
"I'm excited to work together with someone of GRiZ's caliber," Lupo said. "Supporting a cause like the Trevor Project with him, while playing Fortnite (and hopefully getting carried) is going to be a ton of fun! Gaming does good, and an event like this will show that.”
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Kwiecinski has been giving back for some time now. In 2014, he launched his annual 12 Days of GRiZMAS event series. It's become an annual holiday tradition that attracts fans from across the country to a series of concerts and events that benefit public schools in the Detroit area. He also recently joined forces with MeUndies as the face of the underwear company during the launch of their Pride collection. Proceeds went to the Happy Hippie Foundation, a non-profit organization founded by Miley Cyrus that focuses on youth homelessness in the LGBTQ community.
Lupo has also been an impactful player in the live stream philanthropic sector. Over the past few years he donated over $3 million to St. Jude Children's Research Hospital. His 1.3 million Twitter followers are a significant help in the non-profit community.
The Trevor Project works to save young lives by providing free and confidential suicide prevention and crisis intervention programs. If you or someone you know is feeling hopeless or suicidal, contact The Trevor Project's TrevorLifeline 24/7 at 1 (866) 488-7386. Counseling is also available 24/7 via chat every day at TheTrevorProject.org/Help, or by texting 678-678.
GRiZ is currently on tour now. Tickets for all live dates are available here.