Garth Brooks Concert Funds From Nashville Reach Five Million
February 9, 2011 at 6:40 AM (PT)
Gifts from the GARTH BROOKS concert series at BRIDGESTONE ARENA in NASHVILLE from DECEMBER 16th to 22nd, now total $5 million to support TENNESSEE flood recovery through THE COMMUNITY FOUNDATION OF MIDDLE TENNESSEE. To date, THE COMMUNITY FOUNDATION has collected $4.35 million of the $5 million from its concert sales or from amounts pledged toward BROOKS’ efforts.
“Our community is indebted to GARTH BROOKS for not only providing nine amazing concerts and bringing thousands of people to MUSIC CITY, but for the amazing generosity he has shown for flood victims who are rebuilding their lives,” said ELLEN LEHMAN, President of THE COMMUNITY FOUNDATION OF MIDDLE TENNESSEE.
“Playing music has never felt better or ever felt more right ... I am really honored to have been a part of this happening,” said BROOKS.
THE COMMUNITY FOUNDATION has designated proceeds from the concerts to THE RIVER FUND, the charitable fund established within THE COMMUNITY FOUNDATION by BROOKS to help provide aid for flood victims through grants to nonprofit organizations. Grant allocations totaling $1.37 million from THE RIVER FUND have been made for DAVIDSON COUNTY flood relief to HANDS ON NASHVILLE, THE UNITED METHODIST COMMITTEE ON RELIEF – TENNESSEE CONFERENCE (UMCOR) and THE COMMUNITY RESOURCE CENTER.
$659,500 has been allocated for a home rebuilding partnership spearheaded by HANDS ON NASHVILLE. $200,000 has been allocated for THE UNITED METHODIST COMMITTEE ON RELIEF – TENNESSEE CONFERENCE to continue its work to provide help to flood victims for needs which will otherwise be left unmet. $514,795 has been allocated for The COMMUNITY RESOURCE CENTER, which will work to provide new household furnishings like couches, end tables, coffee tables, and more for flood victims.
THE COMMUNITY FOUNDATION and its volunteers are working with county-based long-term recovery committees to identify continuing need and the best ways to support flood victims. Grants from THE RIVER FUND will be made over time.
For more information on THE COMMUNITY FOUNDATION and THE RIVER FUND, visit www.cfmt.org.