Friday, May 27, 2011
– Reba McEntire and Blake Shelton raised $500,000 for victims of recent tornados in Oklahoma during two sold-out "Tornado Relief Concerts" at the Choctaw Events Center in Durant on May 25 and 26.
Kelly Clarkson made a surprise guest appearance at the May 26 relief show.
Shelton and McEntire sang for more than two hours each night. The pair co-headlined the event, opening with a duet of Oklahoma Swing.
Among the songs offered were Reba's The Night the Lights Went Out in Georgia, Why Haven't I Heard From You, Turn on the Radio and Consider Me Gone plus Shelton's All About Tonight, Goodbye Time, Hillbilly Bone and Some Beach.
The duo also showcased their current singles When Love Gets a Hold of You (McEntire) and Honey Bee (Shelton). Performing alone for the first time all evening, Shelton performed Ol' Red before Reba made her solo appearance for Fancy.
News of the disaster prompted the stars to reach out with one fundraising event, but when it sold out in less than two hours, they announced a second show. McEntire was born just outside of Kiowa, about 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. All proceeds from both shows, as well as donations from The Choctaw Nation and fans, will go towards Atoka County's ongoing relief efforts through the Tushka Disaster Relief Fund.
A special mobile fundraising campaign has been set up with The mGive Foundation. Fans can text "OKGIVE" to 27722 to make a one-time $10 donation, which will be added to their monthly cell phone bill. Checks can also be made out to the Tushka Disaster Relief Fund and mailed to: 101 SE 1st Street, Tushka, OK 74525.