Taylor Swift is Donating $500,000 for Nashville Flood Victims
More help is coming for Nashville!
Following Ke$ha’s footsteps to help the victims of Nashville’s flood, country’s darling Taylor Swift will donate $500,000 to a flood relief in the devastated state.
The announcement was made during Thursday night’s “Flood Relief with Vince Gill and Friends,” a telethon held on local station WSMV. The show’s host announced the generous act after Swift finished an interview from her tour stop in Des Moines, Iowa.
The money will go directly to various flood relief organizations in the city rocked by deadly storms and flooding that killed 30 in three states, including 20 in Tennessee.
20-year-old Swift released a statement regarding the flood, saying, “Being at home during the storm, I honestly could not believe what was happening to the city and the people I love so dearly.” Swift was not born in Nashville, but she moved there when she was 14.
The You Belong With Me singer continued, “Nashville is my home, and the reason why I get to do what I love. I have always been proud to be a Nashvillian, but especially now, seeing the love that runs through this city when there are people in crisis.”
The flood left Nashville crushed. Cleanup and repair is expected to cost more than $1 billion. Thousands of homes were damaged, along with some of Music City’s most important landmarks. Pleas to donate to relief organizations started early, and Nashville’s musical talent — from local bands and clubs to the biggest stars — are giving their time and money to the effort.
Gill volunteered to host the WSMV telethon and interviewed and played with several of country music’s top stars. Keith Urban played the show with a borrowed guitar after his gear was destroyed by the flood.
And many more good deeds are coming! Country music cable network GAC announced Thursday it will air a telethon on May 16 that will include Brad Paisley, Lady Antebellum, Dierks Bentley, Rodney Atkins and other stars live from the Ryman Auditorium.
Also today, the Country Music Association announced that 50 percent of the proceeds from the 2010 CMA Music Festival will go to the Community Foundation of Middle Tennessee for flood relief. The other 50 percent is going where it always goes: to Metro Nashville Public Schools’ Keep the Music Playing program to fund music education for youngsters.
Bless you, Taylor!
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