WSMV-TV Raises $1.7 Million During Flood Relief Telethon
May 7, 2010 at 7:42 AM (PT)
WSMV-TV (NBC, Channel 4)/NASHVILLE raised more than $1.7 million during the WORKING 4 YOU FLOOD RELIEF telethon with MCA/NASHVILLE artist VINCE GILL and friends held YESTERDAY (5/6) from 7-10p (CT). Appearing alongside VINCE were KEITH URBAN, DARIUS RUCKER, AMY GRANT, JULIE ROBERTS, STEVE WARINER, ALISON KRAUSS, TROY GENTRY of MONTGOMERY GENTRY, LEE ROY PARNELL, PHIL VASSAR, LONESTAR, BO BICE and more. The telethon was streamed live via the internet and pledges came in from CANADA, NEW YORK, MICHIGAN, SACRAMENTO and KEY WEST among others.
BIG MACHINE star TAYLOR SWIFT was one of the big donators of the evening, with a contribution of $500,000.
SWIFT said in a statement: "Being at home during the storm, I honestly could not believe what was happening to the city and the people I love so dearly. 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."
URBAN played the show with a borrowed guitar, since his gear was destroyed by the flood. ROBERTS was rescued during the flooding from her home by boat, along with her mother, sister and four dogs. ROBERTS lost a great amount of belongings in the flood but came to the telethon to play a new song she wrote with songwriter RACHEL PROCTOR titled “Somebody Does.” Check out the song here.
All proceeds raised from the event will benefit the SALVATION ARMY, the RED CROSS and the SECOND HARVEST FOOD BANK to help with the flood relief efforts in the Middle TENNESSEE area.
For more info or to donate, visit www.wsmv.com.