Benefit concert is sold out for Oklahoma tornado victims


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(Dontaye Carter, FOX23)
(Dontaye Carter, FOX23)
Updated: 7/06/2013 9:40 pm Published: 7/06/2013 9:36 pm


More than 60,000 people turned out for Toby Keith's benefit concert to help Oklahoma tornado victims.
The Oklahoma Twister relief concert sold out Saturday.

It was filled with words of encouragement from artist like music legend Garth Brooks. He told them "The healing process starts today."

The scene of destruction is still very fresh in the minds of many Oklahomans as they talked about what the damage left behind.

"I cried. That's all I could say is I cried. I cried for hours," said Norma Richardson who drove all the way from Houston to not only hear the hit songs but help rebuild Oklahoma.

"We're going to donate our money," she said. "We bought towels, blankets stuff like that."

Her friend, Janene Fisher, was nearly one of those victims in Carney.
"I didn't know what I was going to find when I came out of my shelter," Fisher said. "I was scared of losing everything."

Her home is still there but many of her neighbors weren't so lucky. It was the same in other areas like Moore, Shawnee and El Reno that were hit hard by the tornadoes. Some of the people in the audience carried on that same pain.

"They're all still living in tents and Red Cross is still helping them out and the community is doing everything they can to help each other out," said Fisher.

Toby Keith, Garth Brooks, Sammy Hagar and many other artists are hoping this benefit concert goes a long way to helping those victims recover.

"To lose everything like these people lost. It hurt. It hurt us deeply," said Richardson.
This is just one way they can all pitch in to help.

"Oklahoma, we take care of each other," said Fisher. "We've been through so much this year."
They stand strong, because they've been through it together.

Funds from this relief concert will go to the United Way of Central Oklahoma.
You can still contribute by texting “rebuild” to 5200.


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glsmarlton - 7/8/2013 9:09 AM
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When tickets went on sale through ticketmaster.com originally, it was noted that 100k tickets had been sold and were sold out within 2 hours and Toby asked for a re-release of tickets to be sold closer to the event for those who weren't able to get them. Today I heard that only 64k tickets had been originally sold not the 100k that had been announced originally and that the event held 84k people, so where were the other 20k tickets? Also seeing the pictures of the stadium with thousands of empty seats lead me to believe that either scalpers bought a block of tickets to resell or someone miscounted leaving all those who actually continued to try to buy through ticketmaster left out which was not fair. I had family coming in from the east who wanted to see this concert and because I was only one of the thousands who were unable to buy tickets disappointed me greatly. Can we get Toby and gang to put another concert on here in Tulsa for those who were unable to get to Norman and raise more money and this time find another FAIR way of buying tickets?
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