By Hannah Cruz
The Norman Transcript
NORMAN — The University of Oklahoma’s Oklahoma Memorial Stadium in Norman will be filled to capacity today for Toby Keith’s Twister Relief Concert.
The anticipated crowd will enjoy the star-studded lineup including Keith, Garth Brooks, Trisha Yearwood, Willie Nelson, Sammy Hagar, Ronnie Dunn, Krystal Keith, Kellie Coffey, Mel Tillis and John Anderson as well as Carrie Underwood via satellite from the Grand Ole Opry House in Nashville. The concert, beginning at 3 p.m., will end with a 10-minute fireworks display and a possible grand finale performance.
“They bounce back so quick there, it’s amazing,” Keith said of Moore during a tour stop in Chicago, “You won’t see them on TV six months from now crying for money and saying the government’s not helping. Because they help each other out. They’ll get it cleaned up pretty fast.”
The $25 tickets went on sale June 21 and sold out in a matter of minutes. A second batch of tickets were released June 28 and also quickly sold out.
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.
Donations are currently being accepted for the United Way of Central Oklahoma May Tornadoes Relief Fund. Give by credit card at unitedwayokc.org or by calling 523-3598, 523-3597 or the United Way of Central Oklahoma’s main number at 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 Toby Keith’s Oklahoma Twister Relief 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.
Fund dollars will be distributed without administrative fees to United Way Partner Agencies working on the tornado relief efforts. Agencies must clearly prove services provided and demonstrate need for financial support. Organizations that receive United Way disaster fund assistance will be evaluated and held strictly accountable. The May Tornado Relief Fund will serve not only immediate needs, but intermediate, and long-term care for years to come.