Televised tornado relief concert raises $6 million

Televised tornado relief concert raises $6 million

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OKLAHOMA, OK - MAY 29: In this handout photo provided by NBC, Blake Shelton performs during the Healing in the Heartland: Relief Benefit Concert held at the Chesapeake Arena on May 29, 2013 in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma. (Photo by Trae Patton/NBC via Getty Images)

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by Associated Press

KMOV.com

Posted on May 30, 2013 at 8:27 PM

Updated Thursday, May 30 at 8:27 PM

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) -- Organizers of a televised benefit concert say they raised more than $6 million in pledges and ticket sales to help people in Oklahoma trying to recover after a deadly tornado last week.

A spokeswoman for the United Way of Central Oklahoma reported the updated figures Thursday after the "Healing in the Heartland: Relief Benefit Concert" hosted by Blake Shelton and televised live on NBC.

Several country music stars with Oklahoma ties performed during the Wednesday night concert in downtown Oklahoma City. The included Shelton, Miranda Lambert, Vince Gill, Reba McEntire and Rascal Flatts. Other performers included Usher, Darius Rucker and Luke Bryan.

The money goes directly to the United Way of Central Oklahoma. It will distribute funding to agencies helping those affected by the May 20 tornado.

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