Taylor Swift donates money, show tickets to Boston school for deaf after online contest prank
Taylor Swift arrives at the Teen Choice Awards on Sunday, July 22, 2012, in Universal City, Calif. (Photo by Jordan Strauss/Invision/AP)
The Associated Press
Published Tuesday, October 2, 2012 6:28PM EDT
BOSTON -- Taylor Swift is giving $10,000 and concert tickets to a Boston school for the deaf after a prank during an online contest promising an on-campus performance by the Grammy-winning singer.
Horace Mann School for the Deaf was disqualified from the contest because many of the votes were from pranksters who thought it would be funny for a school for the deaf to win tickets to a live concert.
Instead, Swift and contest sponsors will donate a combined $50,000 to the school, and VH1's Save the Music program will donate $10,000 in musical instruments.
Swift says every student at the K-12 school will receive a ticket to her next local concert.
Harvey Mudd College in Claremont, Calif., won the on-campus concert and a $10,000 grant to its music department.