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May 28

Blake Shelton Announces “Healing In The Heartland: Relief Benefit Concert”

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Blake Shelton photo courtesy of Warner Bros. Nashville.

Blake Shelton will be joined by Miranda Lambert, Reba and Vince Gill for the “Healing in the Heartland: Relief Benefit Concert” telethon on May 29 in support of the Moore, Oklahoma victims. Scheduled for May 29 at Chesapeake Energy Arena in Oklahoma City, the concert will air live at 9/8c on NBC as well as cable networks Style, G4, Bravo, and E! on either a live or delayed basis.

“Everyone has their way to help, and mine as an entertainer is to perform to help raise money and awareness for this tragedy,” Blake said. “This is why I want to do this special and especially hold it in Oklahoma City, which is near ground zero.”

The event will raise funds for the United Way of Central Oklahoma May Tornadoes Relief Fund. Working with their local community partners, United Way of Central Oklahoma will use the Fund for immediate, intermediate and long-term recovery and rebuilding efforts in Oklahoma following the tornadoes that devastated Moore last week.

Born and raised in Oklahoma and a current resident of Tishomingo, the tragedy hit close to home for Blake. This isn’t the first time he’s raised funds for Oklahoma tornado victims, however. Blake and Reba headlined two sold-out Tornado Relief Concerts for victims of the Atoka County tornadoes in 2011, raising $500,000.

Tickets went on sale May 25 but were sold out in under a minute. “The “Healing in the Heartland” benefit concert sold out in 30 seconds!” Reba tweeted after receiving the news. “Way to go Okies!!!! Thanks for everyone’s support!!”

Additional guests for the concert will be announced soon.


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