When disaster strikes, you can always count on celebs to save the day!
Celebrities came together May 16 at Ryman Auditorium in Nasville, Tenn., for GAC’s ‘Music City: Keep on Playin” flood relief telethon to raise $1.7 million for victims devastated by the Nashville flood. The show was lead with performances by country legends Keith Urban, Brad Paisley and Lady Antebellum. Huge stars like Nicole Kidman, Julia Roberts and Desperate Housewives‘ James Denton also lent a helping hand by answering phones.
Just over two weeks ago, devastation struck Nashville when 20 inches of rain overtook the city for two days straight starting May 2, causing an estimated $1.5 billion in damage. “The skies opened up and poured nearly 20 inches of rain — first the creeks rose, then the Cumberland, Harpeth and Stones Rivers out of their banks, reaching record levels,” explained co-host Kimberly Williams-Paisley. James Denton, who hosted the show, added, “The floods threatened to silence Music City, but we here at the Ryman Auditorium are not gonna let that happen!”
Performances by Dierks Bentley, Keith Urban, Lady Antebellum, Rodney Atkins, Sheryl Crowe, Kellie Pickler, and Martina McBride followed while celebs manned the phones
All proceeds went to the Community Foundation of Middle Tennessee, which will give the money raised to people greatly affected by the flood.
“What I saw on the news, people volunteering — I’ve never known a community like Nashville,” said Sheryl Crowe. “My heart goes out to everybody who’s suffering through this time.”
We couldn’t agree with her more.
— Lindsey DiMattina