Kenny Chesney is the latest country megastar to lend a helping hand to those affected by recent natural disasters in the South. He announced on Thursday that he will be donating all fees and profits from his May 25 concert in Tuscaloosa, AL to disaster relief efforts.
Tuscaloosa was one of America's hardest-hit regions last month, having suffered enormous damage from a tornado on April 27. Forty people were killed and more than 5000 homes and businesses were either completely destroyed or seriously damaged.
Chesney naturally considered cancelling his scheduled show in the ravaged city, but Tuscaloosa Mayor Walt Maddox asked him to keep the date, claiming it would be a much-needed step forward for the community.
"Mayor Maddox convinced us that this is a great opportunity to bring the people of Tuscaloosa together in a positive way," Chesney explained. "We are grateful for the opportunity to help them in this way."
"We're thrilled that all the money from this show will stay in the community of Tuscaloosa," the superstar added. "We've got a lot of friends down there.
"We're really looking forward to doing this show."
Chesney knows firsthand what it feels like to lose one's home in a natural disaster. It happened to him last May when record flooding ravaged his Tennessee home and caused him to lose many of his personal possessions.
If you'd like to help Tuscaloosa right now, you can get more information by visiting www.givetuscaloosa.com. Want to send a check? It can be made out to "Tuscaloosa Disaster Relief Fund" and sent to P.O. Box 020410, Tuscaloosa, AL 35401.
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