Toby Keith’s Oklahoma Twister Relief Concert Raises $2 Million
Toby Keith's Oklahoma Twister Relief Concert sold out twice. It raised the spirits of more than 60,000 fans. And, to top it off, the show garnered approximately $2 million to help victims of the storm, with donations still being tallied.
The eight-hour concert, held on July 6 in Norman, Okla., was especially special to Keith, as he grew up in Moore, and has family and friends directly affected by the twisters. The May 2013 storm destroyed much of the area and stunned the state, but the effort of some of country music's biggest stars -- and Keith -- will hopefully soften the sting.
Garth Brooks, Trisha Yearwood, Willie Nelson, Sammy Hagar, Ronnie Dunn, Mel Tillis, John Anderson, Krystal Keith, Kellie Coffey, Wade Hayes and Carrie Underwood (via satellite) all hopped on board in the effort to help many hurting people by giving lots of emotional performances.
The event boasted the largest number of paid attendees for a concert in the history of the University of Oklahoma Gaylord Family Oklahoma Memorial Stadium. Many attendees were directly affected by the multiple tornadoes that hit the state, including the deadly twisters that touched down in Shawnee, El Reno and the EF-5 tornado that destroyed much of Moore -- Toby Keith's hometown.
"Everyone outside of Oklahoma, I'd like them to know that this is where resilience lives," Garth Brooks said.
With $2 million raised and counting, the twister relief concert was unarguably a success. Hopefully, it will help the state and victims continue to rebuild their lives, strengthened by the support of so many fans and country music stars.