“American Idol” finalist Bucky Covington gave a nice Christmas present to the Tennessee chapter of the Arthritis Foundation — a check for $25,000.

Prior to his Dec. 29 concert at the Hard Rock Cafe Nashville, Bucky Covington presented the Arthritis Foundation with the winnings from his appearance on “Are You Smarter Than a 5th Grader” earlier this year.

bucky covington large 'American Idol': Bucky Covington presents '5th Grader' money to Arthritis FoundationBucky then treated the packed house to performances of “It’s Good to Be Us,” “I’ll Walk” and a new track off his upcoming album “I’m Alright” entitled “Mexicoma.” Mmmm, margaritas.

Currently Bucky is on a small tour that includes stops in Winston-Salem, Indianapolis, Baltimore and Birmingham. His album “I’m Alright” drops sometime in early 2010 — the exact date has yet to be announced.

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