Reba McEntire and Blake Shelton to Host Tornado Relief Concert on May 26
Reba McEntire and Blake Shelton, who hosted the ACM awards together earlier this month, will team up once again to host a tornado relief concert in Durant, Okla. on May 26. Both McEntire and Shelton are from the Sooner State, so when the recent tornado disaster shook the Atoka County area, the pair came running to do their part to help their fellow "Okies."
The tornadoes left a path of destruction -- taking out many homes, schools and businesses and leaving half-a-million dollars in damages in their wake -- that clearly resonated with the country music pair. Shelton, who calls Tishomingo home, and McEntire, who was born in Kiowa, have close relations to the county, which is mere miles away from both towns.
"A lot of people lost a great deal in this disaster and it’s particularly close to us because we both consider Oklahoma home," McEntire says. "We wanted to do something and let the people in Oklahoma know that we love them and we’re praying for them during this difficult tragedy."
"Oklahoma defines who I am and seeing the effects this disaster has had on my neighbors, I knew I had to do something," Shelton adds. "Reba and I have a lot of love for this state and we wanted to do what we can to help. This place is my home and these people are family to us.”
Without additional thought, two of the biggest names in country music teamed up with the Choctaw Nation of Oklahoma and Choctaw Casino Resort to put on the Tornado Relief Concert, live on May 26. All proceeds from the benefit concert will go to the Tushka Disaster Relief Fund. Tickets go on sale May 6 on the Choctaw Casinos website.