Toby Keith’s Oklahoma Twister Relief Concert has raised approximately $2 million with donations still being tallied. Funds will go directly to tornado relief through the United Way of Central Oklahoma’s May Tornadoes Relief Fund. More tan 60,000 fans attended the eight-hour concert event that took place July 6 in Norman, Oklahoma.
The star-studded line up for the show included Toby, Garth Brooks, Willie Nelson, Trisha Yearwood, Ronnie Dunn, Mel Tillis, John Anderson, Sammy Hagar, Krystal Keith and Kellie Coffey, with Carrie Underwood via satellite from the Grand Ole Opry in Nashville. GAC’s Storme Warren served as emcee. Also on hand were Oklahoma Gov. Mary Fallin, Dallas Cowboys coach Barry Switzer, University of Oklahoma football coach Bob Stoops and University of Oklahoma athletic director Joe Castiglione.
Many who attended the concert were directly affected by the tornadoes that hit the state in May, including the deadly twisters that touched down in Shawnee, El Reno and the EF5 tornado that destroyed much of Moore, Toby’s hometown.
“Everybody’s here for the right reasons,” Toby said before the show started. “It’s gonna be a big show for Oklahoma…and it’s gonna take care of some people for a long time.” Garth Brooks added a similar sentiment: “Everyone outside of Oklahoma, I’d like them to know that this is where resilience lives.”
Ford Trucks, Verizon Wireless, Academy of Country Music Lifting Lives, and Walmart were sponsors. Donations are still being accepted online 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.