Star-studded concert raises $2.2M for flood recovery

Friday, July 9, 2010 at 2:02pm
Staff reports

Nashville Rising, the benefit concert held last month at Bridgestone Arena, raised more than $2.2 million in ticket sales, donations and sponsorships for flood recovery.

Country artists Tim McGraw and Faith Hill spearheaded the concert, with proceeds going to The Community Foundation’s Tennessee Emergency Response Fund.

Performers included Amy Grant, Billy Ray Cyrus, Blake Shelton, Carrie Underwood, Jason Aldean, Julie Roberts, LeAnn Rimes, Luke Bryan, Lynyrd Skynyrd, Martina McBride, Michael W. Smith, Miley Cyrus, Miranda Lambert, Montgomery Gentry, Taylor Swift, Toby Keith and ZZ Top. There was also a special appearance by actress Sandra Bullock.

“This was an incredibly special evening that demonstrated the courage, strength, resiliency, and determination of our community,” McGraw and Hill said in a co-written statement. “To see what can be accomplished when people come together with a shared sense of purpose and passion is incomprehensible.

4 Comments on this post:

By: JohnGalt on 7/9/10 at 1:41

"... proceeds going to The Community Foundation’s Tennessee Emergency Response Fund."

Somebody put a stopwatch, no regular watch, no make that a calendar on how long it takes them to dribble out any of the money. I'm guessing they will turn loose of a little by 2012.

By: TakePrideInNash on 7/9/10 at 2:06

Do you have something to back that up?

By: JohnGalt on 7/9/10 at 2:08

Last report pried out of them by Channel 4 revealed they had distributed less than 10 percent of their takings and that was before this fundraiser.

By: harleyrider021 on 7/11/10 at 9:08

Think John is right....have been working in some of the homes there and people are not seeing the money. Why dont they post where the money is going. Look around its not going to the people.