Reba and Blake Shelton raised $500,000 for victims of recent tornadoes in Atoka County, OK during two sold-out Tornado Relief Concerts in Durant on May 25 and 26. Susie McEntire-Eaton and Kelly Clarkson made a surprise guest appearance at the May 26 relief show.
The artists entertained for over two hours each night, opening with a duet of “Oklahoma Swing.” They took turns belting out hits and showcased their current singles “When Love Gets a Hold of You” (Reba) and “Honey Bee” (Blake Shelton). According to reports, Reba and Shelton sent their audience home with a sense of optimism after an encore performance.
Initially, news of the disaster prompted the stars to reach out with one fundraising event, but when it sold out in less than two hours, a second show was added. Both Shelton and Reba are Oklahoma natives and hail from towns neighboring the devastated areas.
All proceeds from both shows, as well as donations from The Choctaw Nation of Oklahoma and fans, will go towards Atoka County’s ongoing relief efforts through the Tushka Disaster Relief Fund.
In addition to the proceeds already raised, a special mobile fundraising campaign has been set up with The mGive Foundation. Fans can text “OKGIVE” to 27722 to make a one-time $10 donation.
For more information, visit www.reba.com, www.blakeshelton.com, and www.mgive.com.
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