Gustav washes out McGraw's Swampstock
Friday, September 5, 2008
– Tim McGraw's Swampstock 2008 was postponed until next year due to the effects of Hurricane Gustav on Louisiana. The Rayville area has experienced more than 20 inches of rain over the last few days as the state has been declared a disaster area by government officials and critical resources are being directed towards relief efforts.
"It's more important for the community to focus on the clean up efforts than putting on a concert right now," said representatives of Neighbor's Keeper Foundation (NKF) who were the presenters of this year's event. "So many people in that area have been affected by the hurricane or have relatives who have been affected and we don't want to detract from the process."
"We have spoken with local officials, and Neighbor's Keeper Foundation wants to lend its support to those relief efforts," said McGraw. "Although Faith and I are personally disappointed, we understand that the priority is people's homes and livelihood in this challenging time. Our prayers are with our friends and neighbors, and God bless them."
NKF's funding for the ongoing programs in the gulf coast region include commitments for the Community Initiatives Foundation in Louisiana and continuing support to the Children's Health Fund in Mississippi.
NKF's commitment in Rayville is a $50,000 donation to Habitat for Humanity of Ouachita for restoring the Rayville community recreation facility.
Fans who purchased tickets should return to that same location for a refund during normal business hours starting Monday, Sept. 8.
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