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Pop-rock trio fun. plans to raise funds for at-risk LGBT youth in Detroit

Friday, January 17, 2014
Al Powers, Powers Imagery / Invision (AP)Fun. performs at IHeartRadio Music Festival in Las Vegas in Sept.  2013.

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Fun. performs at IHeartRadio Music Festival in Las Vegas in Sept. 2013.

NEW YORK — The pop-rock trio fun. is launching a campaign to raise money for at-risk LGBT youth in Detroit.

The band said Friday it plans to raise $250,000 to build a community health center for the Ruth Ellis Center, which provides housing, meals, clothing and medical services for LGBT youth in need.

Funds will be raised through its gay support organization, The Ally Coalition.

Members of fun. are singer Nate Ruess, guitarist Jack Antonoff and multi-instrumentalist Andrew Dost, who is from Detroit. The group had a breakthrough in 2012, topping the charts with “We Are Young” and “Some Nights.” Last year, fun. won Grammys for song of the year and best new artist.

The band started The Ally Coalition with Antonoff’s sister, designer Rachel Antonoff.

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16 more reader comments:

  1. AWESOME!!!

    Posted on Friday, January 17, 2014 at 3:41pm
  2. Yay come help us in memphis next!

    Posted on Friday, January 17, 2014 at 3:42pm
  3. It’s Detroit. Isn’t every kid at risk?

    Posted on Friday, January 17, 2014 at 3:43pm
  4. That is so cool!

    Posted on Friday, January 17, 2014 at 3:55pm
  5. awsum

    Posted on Friday, January 17, 2014 at 4:15pm
  6. Love it

    Posted on Friday, January 17, 2014 at 4:18pm
  7. I like the idea but their music sucks :P

    Posted on Friday, January 17, 2014 at 4:21pm
  8. This is great!

    Posted on Friday, January 17, 2014 at 4:30pm
  9. Congrats!!! xo

    Posted on Friday, January 17, 2014 at 5:08pm
  10. Trans kids are especially at risk!

    Posted on Friday, January 17, 2014 at 5:31pm
  11. Wonderful.

    Posted on Friday, January 17, 2014 at 5:35pm
  12. Thank you!

    Posted on Friday, January 17, 2014 at 5:36pm
  13. “Put your hands up for Detroit, a lovely city” a song by a Dutch DJ. By the way, gay marriage is legal in Netherlands :)

    Posted on Friday, January 17, 2014 at 6:42pm
  14. I love you, fun! :D

    Posted on Friday, January 17, 2014 at 8:53pm
  15. How nice!!

    Posted on Friday, January 17, 2014 at 11:07pm
  16. Yay

    Posted on Friday, January 17, 2014 at 11:09pm