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Benefit show raises $8M for Agassi school in Vegas

September 29, 2009 7:41:35 AM PDT
A weekend benefit concert raised nearly $8 million to support retired tennis star Andre Agassi's public charter school in Las Vegas. Officials say Agassi's foundation, used to support the Andre Agassi College Preparatory Academy, also received a pledge of $7.5 million over five years from the Engelstad Family Foundation.

The Saturday concert at the Wynn Las Vegas casino featured comedian Dane Cook, rock band Daughtry, country musician Tim McGraw and R&B singer Brian McKnight.

Officials say the $7.5 million gift will be used to establish a campaign to try to raise student funding in Nevada.

The K-12 school uses the concert funds for its operating budget. The school has roughly 600 students and graduated its first high school seniors this year.

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