Norman resident Alisha Young, in attendance with her husband, Guard, said she is a big country music fan. Though anticipating seeing some of her favorite musicians was exciting, knowing she was helping at the same time has made the experience all the sweeter.
“I hope the tornado victims feel all the support and love from everyone here. My heart goes out to the them,” she said. “If I can help them and go to a great concert at the same time, I’m all in.”
The nearly eight-hour-long event wrapped up with performances by father-daughter duo Toby Keith and Krystal Keith.
Ford Trucks, Verizon Wireless, Academy of Country Music Lifting Lives and Wal-Mart sponsored the event. In addition to sponsoring the concert, Wal-Mart and the Wal-Mart Foundation committed $1 million to Oklahoma tornado relief.
Sponsorship donations and underwriting of the concert, and donated services from suppliers and vendors from all over the country, will allow the net proceeds of tickets (after tax and credit card fees) to benefit the United Way of Central Oklahoma May Tornadoes Relief Fund to aid recovery efforts.
Donations are being accepted for the United Way of Central Oklahoma May Tornadoes Relief Fund. Give by credit card at unitedwayokc.org or by calling 523-3598, 523-3597 or the United Way of Central Oklahoma’s main number, 236-8441. Checks may be mailed to the United Way of Central Oklahoma, P.O. Box 837, Oklahoma City, OK, 73701, with notation for May Tornadoes Relief.
Fund dollars will be distributed without administrative fees to United Way Partner Agencies working on the tornado relief efforts. Agencies must clearly prove services provided and demonstrate need for financial support.
Organizations that receive United Way disaster fund assistance will be evaluated and held strictly accountable. The May Tornadoes Relief Fund will serve not only immediate needs, but intermediate, and long-term care for years to come.