It was hard work but big-hearted Blake Shelton has pulled together a star-studded benefit concert to raise money for the victims of the tornado that devastated the town of Moore in Blake’s home state of Oklahoma earlier this week.
Healing in the Heartland: Relief Benefit Concert will be held at the Chesapeake Energy Arena in Oklahoma City on May 29 and will be televised live on NBC.
“Everyone has their way to help, and mine as an entertainer is to perform to help raise money and awareness for this tragedy,” Blake says.
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Stars scheduled to appear at the concert include Blake’s fellow Okies Reba McIntyre and Vince Gill along with Blake’s wife, Miranda Lambert, and more performers are expected to be announced later.
Tickets go on sale this morning at 10 a.m. CT through TicketMaster and are $25, with a limit of eight per person. The funds raised will go to United Way of Central Oklahoma May Tornadoes Relief Fund, which will use the money for immediate as well as long-term recovery and rebuilding efforts.
In addition to Blake’s fundraising concert, Carrie Underwood, who also comes from Oklahoma, has donated $1 million to the American Red Cross to help with relief efforts, as has NBA star Kevin Durant, while David Spade – whose house was hit by a tornado when he was a kid – donated $200,000. And Oklahoma native Kristin Chenoweth is raising funds for displaced and injured people and their pets through her charity Maddie’s Corner.