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Gene Simmons of KISS Participates in Mankato Charity Event Before Concert

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MANKATO , MINN. -

You may know Gene Simmons by his face paint through his rock band KISS or Angie Bastian by the big bright bags of BOOMCHIKAPOP, but beyond those personas, these individuals are looking to give back.

Sunday night, Simmons joined Mankato community members for a private, local charity event.

Simmons said, "Well let’s get serious for a second. There are lots of good brands here and everyone’s got their Sunday best on but at the end of the day we are all very fortunate, we are blessed; you, me, everybody here. I don’t come from here. I’m an outsider. I came from Israel. Boy, it’s easy for me to get choked up I just started. We were very poor we lived in a one bedroom. There were rocket holes you could look up and see the sky because Israel was a new country. I was born six months after the formation and we had nothing. We didn’t even have a bathroom. There was literally an outhouse and a hole outside. I never heard of toilet paper or Kleenex. Nothing was branded. You got your slice of cheese and a newspaper. But I didn’t know anything. I was happy because I had jam and bread. And one day a care package showed up from the United States of America. I had never heard of America and maybe I’ll talk a little bit about that. But one day I had the sense as a six year old child that somebody cared. It was anonymous. OK. It was the greatest philanthropy as anonymous philanthropy as far as I’m concerned. I didn’t know who sent, it was a sweater and a can of peaches and a bugs bunny book. I had never heard of Bugs Bunny. And life was just better, somebody cared."

The show starts Monday night at the Verizon Wireless Center.

--KEYC News 12