Sunday, February 22, 2009
– Miranda Lambert's charity event, TAILS (Texoma Animal Improved Living Society), raised $70,000 to build a shelter in Tishomingo, Okla. The money was raised at a concert with boyfriend Blake Shelton at Murray State College on Feb. 12.
After Lambert purchased a farm in this community a year ago, she learned that there was a desperate need for a proper shelter. "I am so happy that in this economy people would spend their hard earned dollars to come together for one night to support one cause," said Lambert. "The support from the community and volunteers made this possible and we are so grateful that this facility for abused and abandoned animals is now a reality."
Lambert's second annual "Cause for the Paws" event, benefiting the Humane Society of East Texas, will be held May 17 with music, wine and food. With the help of citizens of East Texas and the loyal Ran Fans, last year's event raised more than $113,000 to help abused and neglected animals of East Texas.
"I was completely surprised when they announced the total amount raised at last year's event. I can't begin to express my thanks to the committee, the volunteers and those who attended and all those who donated for making my first charity effort a huge success. The shelter, which is run entirely on donations, was able to make great improvements and create better living conditions for the abandoned and abused animals of East Texas. I cannot wait to see what we can make happen for them this year."
The wine tasting festival will feature wines from the Lambert family's Red 55 Winery in Lindale and five other Texas wineries. Special guests will include Shelton, Nashville Star alum Kasey Musgraves and singer-songwriter Adam Hood.
Lambert is working on a new record, due out in the fall. Headlining tour stops are scheduled into March, and starting this April, Lambert finds herself amongst great company as special guest on Kenny Chesney's Sun City Carnival Tour.