While the flooded rivers that spilled into downtown Nashville, Tennessee and surrounding areas back in May have long since receded, the community is still trying to pick up the pieces.
When the destruction first hit, Tennesseans responded by sending in clothing and food items. Celebrities held benefit concerts. Money was raised. Such a positive, immediate response. But like all disasters, it takes months, even years, to rebuild -- and even though it's no longer making headlines, the people are still struggling.
And that's where Garth Brooks comes in.
For the first time in over a decade, the country music star will be returning to Nashville on December 17 and performing a benefit concert for The Community Foundation of Middle Tennessee in support of all those affected by the disastrous flooding.
Garth made the announcement on Capitol Hill this morning, along with Tennessee Governor Phil Bredesen, Nashville Mayor Karl Dean, Senators Lamar Alexander and Bob Corker, Congressman Jim Cooper, and State Representative Marsha Blackburn. According to Senator Lamar Alexander:
Many Tennesseans are still recovering from the biggest natural disaster since the president took office -- floods that left 47 Tennessee counties declared disaster areas. The flooding didn’t get much national attention, in part because Tennesseans started cleaning up and helping each other instead of looting and complaining. I thank Garth for bringing Tennesseans together through his music and I know the proceeds from the concert, which he is generously contributing to the cleanup, will be put to good use helping people put their lives back together.
The concert will be held at Nashville's Bridgestone Arena and tickets will cost $25. Full details about when and where they will be sold will be announced November 3.
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