Tickets for the Oklahoma Twister Relief Concert went on sale on Friday, June 21st and sold out in a matter of minutes due to overwhelming demand. And as reported on the day of the initial on-sale, once production was finalized event organizers had additional tickets to release for purchase. Those seats went on sale on Friday, June 28th and sold out within minutes.
The capacity crowd will be entertained by Toby Keith, Garth Brooks, Trisha Yearwood, Willie Nelson, Sammy Hagar, Ronnie Dunn, Mel Tillis, and John Anderson as well as Carrie Underwood (via satellite from the Grand Ole Opry House in Nashville). Just added to the bill are Krystal Keith and Kellie Coffey. Garth Brooks will be going on stage at 4 pm CT (perhaps so he can make his final performance at the Encore Theatre in Las Vegas by 8 pm PDT) with Toby Keith scheduled in the closing time spot. The concert will end with a ten minute fireworks display. Rumors are also abound of a grand finale performance.
Ford Trucks, Verizon Wireless, Academy of Country Music Lifting Lives, and Walmart are on board as sponsors. In addition to sponsoring the relief concert, Walmart and the Walmart Foundation have 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.
The twister relief show happens Saturday, July 6th at the University of Oklahoma’s Gaylord Family – Oklahoma Memorial Stadium in Norman, Oklahoma. Doors open at 1:30 pm. Show time is 3 pm.
Though no television networks will be carrying the star-studded event, Ronnie Dunn posted on Facebook that a DVD of the show has been discussed to help “kick even more money back to the folks” affected by the devastating May tornadoes. However, nothing official has been announced as of press time.
Donations are also being accepted online via the United Way home page. 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.
Verizon Wireless is offering a text-to-donate capability before, during and after the benefit concert. Currently, customers of any wireless carrier may donate by texting the keyword REBUILD to 52000, which will give an automatic $ 10 donation to the United Way of Central Oklahoma’s May Tornadoes Relief Fund. Verizon Wireless customers will be limited to five text donations.
Free parking as well as VIP parking are available for the event.
Author: Buddy Iahn
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