One of the best things about living in Nashville is the people. Even as homes are destroyed and loved ones lost, an amazing sense of camaraderie has taken over Nashville. Residents are pitching in to help one another, and many of Nashville's most high profile natives are using their fame to bring attention to the crisis in Middle Tennessee.
Reba McEntire donated $100,000, as did Vince Gill and his wife Amy Grant. Gill also headed “Working 4 You: Flood Relief with Vince Gill & Friends,” which featured stars like Keith Urban, Alison Krauss, and Naomi Judd, and raised $1.7 million. During the telethon, Taylor Swift called in, and donated a whopping half a million dollars to relief efforts. There was also the Clear Channel Cares Radiothon on May 4th, that raised $240,000. Participants included Ricky Skaggs, Martina McBride, Charlie Daniels, and the governor of Tennessee.
Another telethon is set for this Sunday at 8pm on GAC (Great American Country Television), called "Music City Keep On Playin' - A Benefit for Flood Relief." This event will feature Brad Paisley, Lady Antebellum, Rodney Atkins, Kellie Pickler, and Dierks Bentley, and will be held at Nashville's Ryman Auditorium.
Jerry Seinfeld just announced that for his show in Nashville, proceeds will be split between the Community Foundation of Middle Tennessee and the American Red Cross Disaster Relief Fund.
Pop singer Ke$ha, whose hometown is Music City, will be holding her own benefit concert on June 16th at Limelight, with 100% of the profits going towards flood relief. She's also donated 1,000 pounds of pet food to a local animal shelter.
One of the biggest fundraising efforts is coming up on on June 22nd at Bridgestone Arena. Organized by Tim McGraw and Faith Hill, "Nashville Rising: A Benefit Concert for Flood Recovery" will feature Miley Cyrus, Carrie Underwood, Brooks & Dunn, Lynyrd Skynyrd, Martina McBride, Miranda Lambert, and more. Tickets are priced between $25-$75, with proceeds going to the Community Foundation of Middle Tennessee.
In a personal, hands-on effort, the Tennessee Titans football team pitched in by sending a busload of about 80 people (players, coaches, and employees) to neighborhoods in West Nashville, in order to help with the cleanup efforts. Team owner, Bud Adams also donated $200,000 to the cause, and had that amount matched by the NFL and NFL Players Association.
Kenny Chesney has also helped out, by taking video of the flood, and talking about the devastation on Twitter, and on television with CNN's Anderson Cooper.
With damages estimated to be over $1.5 billion dollars, Music City needs all the help it can get. To donate, call 1-800-REDCROSS, or text "REDCROSS" to 90999 to make a $10 donation to the American Red Cross Disaster Relief Fund.
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