After promising to match last-minute donations, Chip Gaines and celebrity friends including Jennifer Lopez and Kacey Musgraves managed to help raise almost $1.5 million for St. Jude Children's Research Hospital.
Gaines vowed to match any donations made in his #ChipInChallenge between about 3 p.m. and midnight Tuesday, the deadline for the challenge, he posted on Instagram. The initial goal was $500,000.
The Magnolia moguls raised $1.5 million, far surpassing that goal, according to the Magnolia website.
Chip and Joanna Gaines plan to present that money to St. Jude on June 19, as well as a playhouse for children undergoing treatment — the result of a challenge between Chip and Dude Dad, a Los Angeles-based actor and comedian.
The "Fixer Upper" couple wanted to raise more than $230,000, the amount the they helped raise in 2017 for the children's cancer and childhood disease research hospital, Gaines tweeted. He agreed to have his head shaved on-site if friends and fans helped him raise $25,000 in under a week, and they exceeded his expectations.
The #ChipInChallenge was between Chip Gaines and his friends to see who could raise the most money for St. Jude, including Alex Rodriguez, Drew Barrymore, Kacey Musgraves, Florida Georgia Line, Lauren Daigle and Taylor Calmus, AKA Dude Dad.