Mel Tillis, John Anderson and Sammy Hagar ave been added to Toby Keith’s Oklahoma Twister Relief Concert set for July 6 in Norman, Oklahoma. They join previously-announced artists Garth Brooks, Willie Nelson, Trisha Yearwood, and Ronnie Dunn. Additionally, Ford Trucks, Verizon, Wal-Mart, and Academy of Country Music Lifting Lives have joined as sponsors, underwriting the cost of the concert to allow all proceeds to benefit the United Way of Central Oklahoma May Tornadoes Relief Fund.
“I grew up in Moore, I live in Norman and I’ve got lots of family and friends who were directly affected,” Toby said. “I know these folks and they’re resilient, but we’re going to keep helping them any way we can. I’m proud to get together with some others from around here who are just as committed as I am to supporting these communities.”
“When Toby asked me to come on board, I immediately said ‘Yes!’” Sammy Hagar said. “He’s put together a hell of a concert lineup to help raise funds for the brave and resilient people of Oklahoma. My job is going to be to help them take their minds off their problems and have some much needed, good old-fashioned fun.”
“Once we got the news that the tornado had hit Toby’s hometown, Miss Yearwood and I told Toby we were at his service for whatever he chose to do,” Garth Brooks said. “I am amazed at the human spirit the tornado victims have shown. I am humbled by the giving of the volunteers. It is an honor to get to be a part of this healing process.”
“The ultimate goal is to put as much money and aid in the hands of the people affected by the tornadoes throughout Oklahoma as we can,” said Ronnie in an earlier statement. “Money is no substitute for the horrific loss of life that this disaster has caused but it can rebuild homes and aid in the replenishment of hope that is an indispensable element to recovery in so many ways. Even before Toby officially announced that he was going to do a benefit concert, we were working behind the scenes to do everything within our powers to enlist friends from the private and business sectors to join in and participate. The response has been overwhelming. Human compassion and decency has rallied to overshadow the vanity of celebrity. I’m proud to be joining Toby, Garth, Willie and Trisha to use what we do – performing music – to help.”
Tickets for the relief concert go on sale Friday, June 21 at 10:00 am through Ticketmaster.com, by calling 1-800-745-3000 or visiting Homeland store locations. All seats are $25. Donations are also being accepted online via the United Way home page at www.unitedwayokc.org. To give by credit card, call 405-523-3598, 405-523-3597, or the United Way of Central Oklahoma’s main number, 405-236-8441.
Checks may be mailed to the United Way of Central Oklahoma, P.O. Box 837, Oklahoma City, OK 73101 with notation for May Tornadoes Relief. Verizon will also provide a text-to-donate option for those who would like to further support the relief efforts.
Updates on the event and lineup will be posted at www.tobykeith.com.