October 02, 2012 03:45 PM by Stephanie Gustafson
Like Honey Boo Boo Child, we are hardcore Taylor Swift fans, so it pleased us to no end to learn that the singer and Punk’d star once again did her part to help those in need. This time, Taylor donated a cool $10,000 to Boston’s Horace Mann School for the Deaf. What prompted this show of generosity?
It’s not often that an internet prank turns into reality, but Taylor Swift’s recent donation to the Horace Mann School for the Deaf is a big exception. What began as an internet prank promising to send Taylor Swift to Horace Mann has turned into something truly amazing.
The whole debacle began in late August, when a nasty group of trolls on Reddit decided that the prospect of a top singer performing for a deaf school was simply hilarious. Papa John’s had been hosting a contest in which the school with the most votes on Facebook would win a free Taylor Swift concert. The Reddit group hijacked the contest and did its best to bring Horace Mann to the top of the pack.
Although he recognized the ill intent behind the effort, Horace Mann principal Jeremiah Ford told Globe that a Taylor Swift concert would be greatly appreciated — the deaf students at his school actually are huge fans of live music. Additionally, a high placement in the contest could translae into a donation of $10,000.
Taylor Swift eventually caught win of the nasty prank and chose to do something about it. In a truly heartwarming move, the singer donated $10,000 as a consolation prize, as the school had been removed from the contest. Although she was unable to promise a concert for the school, she did send a free ticket to every student so that the entire student body could attend her next Boston concert.
It’s wonderful to see celebrities reaching out like this! We’re sure that the students at Horace Mann will love seeing Taylor Swift in concert!