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June 26, 2013

Carrie Underwood joins Toby Keith tornado benefit lineup

NORMAN — Oklahoma country star Carrie Underwood will join Toby Keith’s Oklahoma Twister Relief Concert via satellite July 6 at the University of Oklahoma’s Gaylord Family Stadium at Owen Field, 180 W. Brooks St. in Norman.

Tickets are sold out. All proceeds will benefit the United Way of Central Oklahoma May Tornadoes Relief Fund. Gates open 1:30 p.m., showtime is 3 p.m. July 6. A limited number of tickets might be made available once the stadium setup is determined, organizers said.

Already on the bill will be Toby Keith, Garth Brooks, Trisha Yearwood, Ronnie Dunn, Sammy Hagar, Willie Nelson, Mel Tillis and John Anderson.

Due to her previously scheduled show at the Grand Ole Opry, Underwood’s performance will be aired via satellite from the Grand Ole Opry House in Nashville to the Gaylord Family-Oklahoma Memorial Stadium in Norman, organizers said.

More performers will soon be announced, organizers said.

Keith’s motives are about as pure as they come, he said previously: “I grew up in Moore, I live in Norman and I’ve got lots of family and friends who were directly affected,” he said in a media release when the concert was announced.

Brooks, who lives near Owasso with his wife, Yearwood, added, in a previous medai statement: “Once we got the news that the tornado had hit Toby’s hometown, Miss Yearwood and I told Toby we were at his service for whatever he chose to do.”

To further support the May storm recovery efforts, United Way donations are also being accepted online via the United Way website at tulsaworld.com/okcunitedway.

To give by credit card, call 405-236-8441 for the United Way of Central Oklahoma’s main number.

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.

In addition to sponsoring the relief concert, Walmart and the Walmart Foundation have committed $1 million to Oklahoma tornado relief.

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