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Oklahoma tornado benefit coming Wednesday

Thursday, May 23, 2013 – Blake Shelton organized and will headline the telethon "Healing in the Heartland: Relief Benefit Concert" on May 29 at Chesapeake Energy Arena in Oklahoma City, Okla. To help those affected by this week's tornado that devastated Moore, Okla.

Miranda Lambert, Reba McEntire and Vince Gill will also perform. Additional guests for the concert will be announced shortly. At least one Twitter post indicated the inclusion of Garth Brooks and Toby Keith.

The concert will be televised live at 9 p.m. eastern/Pacific on NBC. The concert will also air on cable networks Style, G4, Bravo, E! and CMT on either a live or delayed basis.

"Everyone has their way to help, and mine as an entertainer is to perform to help raise money and awareness for this tragedy," Shelton said. "This is why I want to do this special and especially hold it in Oklahoma City, which is near ground zero."

The event will raise funds for the United Way of Central Oklahoma May Tornadoes Relief Fund. Working with their local community partners, United Way of Central Oklahoma will use the Fund for immediate, intermediate and long-term recovery and rebuilding efforts in Oklahoma following the tornadoes that devastated Moore earlier this week.

Tickets will go on sale at 10 a.m. central on May 25. Tickets are $25 with a limit of 8 per person. Tickets can be purchased at the Chesapeake Energy Arena box office, all Ticketmaster locations, by phone at (800) 745-3000 and online at TicketMaster.com.

In 2011, Shelton and McEntire went back home to Oklahoma to host the "Tornado Relief Concerts" for victims affected by the Atoka County tornadoes. The two-sold out concerts raised $500,000 for the Oklahoma victims.


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