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McEntire, Shelton play Oklahoma tornado benefit show

Thursday, April 28, 2011 – Reba McEntire and Blake Shelton will host the Tornado Relief Concert in May 26 in their native Oklahoma to provide relief to those affected by the recent tornado in Atoka County.

McEntire was born just outside of Kiowa, which is approximately 30 miles away from the greatest devastation. Shelton was born in Ada and currently resides in Tishomingo, less than 50 miles from the Atoka County border.

The show will be done in partnership with the Choctaw Nation of Oklahoma and Choctaw Casino Resort.

The storm destroyed many homes, schools and businesses. All proceeds will go towards Atoka County's ongoing relief efforts through the Tushka Disaster Relief Fund. Tickets will be available beginning May 6 at 10 a.m. and may be purchased by phone at 1-800-585-3737 or online at www.choctawcasinos.com.

"A lot of people lost a great deal in this disaster and it's particularly close to us because we both consider Oklahoma home," said McEntire. "We wanted to do something and let the people in Oklahoma know that we love them and we're praying for them during this difficult tragedy."

"Oklahoma defines who I am and seeing the effects this disaster has had on my neighbors, I knew I had to do something," said Shelton. "Reba and I have a lot of love for this state and we wanted to do what we can to help. This place is my home, and these people are family to us."

A special mobile fundraising campaign has been set up with The mGive Foundation to raise funds for relief efforts. Fans can text "OKGIVE" to 27722 to make a one-time $10 donation, which will be added to their monthly cell phone bill. Funds will be donated to The mGive Foundation for the benefit of the Tushka Disaster Relief Fund. Checks can also be made out to the Tushka Disaster Relief Fund and mailed to: 101 SE 1st Street, Tushka, OK 74525.

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