Toby Keith’s Oklahoma Twister Relief Concert Raises $2 Million
With a record breaking sold-out crowd, the Oklahoma Twister Relief Concert raised the spirits of more than 60,000 fans and in total raised approximately $ 2 million, with donations still being tallied, that will be donated directly to tornado relief through the United Way of Central Oklahoma’s May Tornadoes Relief Fund. This money will go to local recovery efforts in the wake of a series of devastating tornadoes that hit the area in May 2013.
The star studded line up for the eight-hour concert event that took place on July 6 in Norman, Oklahoma included Toby Keith, 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 from the Grand Ole Opry in Nashville). Television personality Storme Warren emceed the day. Also on hand to help introduce artists were Oklahoma Gov. Mary Fallin, former University of Oklahoma and Dallas Cowboys football coach Barry Switzer, current University of Oklahoma football head coach Bob Stoops and University of Oklahoma athletic director Joe Castiglione. Capping the Independence Day week, the night ended with a spectacular 10-minute fireworks display.
Donations are still 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.