AceShowbiz - Fans at Bella Vista Ranch were surprised when Katy Perry made an appearance at a benefit concert called "One 805 Kick Ash Bash" on Sunday, February 25. The concert was held to honor and raise funds for survivors of the deadly Montecito mudslide and first responders.
The songstress performed three songs during the concert. They were "Roar", "Part of Me" and "Firework". Sporting a white T-shirt, a brown shirt and a denim jacket, Katy dedicated her "Firework" performance to 14-year-old Laura Cantin, one of the survivors. Laura and her mother managed to survive, but her father died and her 16-year-old brother Jack is still missing.
"This means the world to me," Katy told CNN after taking the stage. "This is where I flourish. My heart was broken by the tragedy, the mudslide. I'll do anything to help this community."
— Katy Perry Updates (@katyspics) February 25, 2018
During an interview with local TV reporter Alys Martinez, Katy thanked her for all the reporting she did during the disaster. "I watch you on television every day," Katy told the reporter. "You are such a strong woman thank you so much. I love this woman she's such a light and so strong to be able to tell people stories."
Also making an appearance at the benefit concert were Ellen DeGeneres and wife Portia De Rossi. She told the audience members that she continued sharing information about the area's tragedy on her talk show.
"The news has moved on, but we have not moved on," so "The Ellen DeGeneres Show" host said, adding that the impact of the mudslide was similar to the aftermath of the hurricanes. "And it's not just rich people and billionaires, it's everybody," she noted.
The benefit concert, which was hosted by comedian Dennis Miller, raised nearly $2 million, according to the organizers. "This is just amazing," Montecito Fire Department Chief Chip Hickman told CNN. "The incredible outpouring support for our first responders, we're just thankful for everyone here."