Brown, McConaughey and Ingram debut charity event


by KRIS BETTS / KVUE News and photojournalist MATT OLSEN

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Posted on April 11, 2013 at 10:11 PM

Updated Friday, Apr 12 at 7:30 AM

AUSTIN -- Country singer Jack Ingram, Matthew McConaughey and Mack Brown were together in Austin Thursday for the first-ever event with their organization, MJ&M.

“We're excited, it's been a year plus in the making,” said Ingram.

“I pulled Jack and Matthew together, and I think we're honored to be around great friends to empower kids and give money back to kids tonight,” Brown said.

Empower was the word of the night at the Moody Theater.

“It’s from sickness to education to music. It's all over the map but it empowers kids,” Brown told KVUE.

The event also featured a performance by Austin’s own Dale Watson and John Mellencamp, a personal friend of McConaughey.

“I called him and he knows what I’m doing with the foundation for our first big event, and (I said) 'would you' and that's about as far as I got and he goes 'absolutely,'" said McConaughey.

The money from the events Thursday and Friday will go toward kids in 23 different countries, but the founders of MJ&M tell KVUE the best part is starting at home.

“Makes it special in another way because this is sort of all of our's backyard,” McConaughey said.

“Always feels good to be home,” said Ingram.

The inaugural event will support The Rise School of Austin and HeartGift, among several others.

Each year, MJ&M will select different organizations to support and empower kids.


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