Choctaw Casino in Durant was the venue for the Tushka Benefit Concert hosted by country superstars Reba McEntire and Blake Shelton. Ticket sales and other proceeds will be going to the county’s “Tushka Disaster Relief Fund”.
Just over a month ago, amidst a heavy storm night, a deadly tornado ripped through Tushka, killing two people and leaving hundreds without homes. Since then, Atoka county has been busy with relief efforts for the town’s victims.
Both Reba McEntire and Blake Shelton were born in Oklahoma, just a few miles away from Atoka county where the tornado hit. Reba McEntire, who was born in Kiowa, Oklahoma, while Shelton is a native of Ada, who now calls Tishomingo home.
“A lot of people lost a great deal in this disaster and it’s particularly close to us because we both consider Oklahoma home,” said Reba. “We wanted to do something and let the people in Oklahoma know that we love them and we’re praying for them during this difficult tragedy.”
“Oklahoma defines who I am and seeing the effects this disaster has had on my neighbors, I knew I had to do something,” said Shelton. “Reba and I have a lot of love for this state and we wanted to do what we can to help. This place is my home and these people are family to us.”
The concert sold out, but you can still help out by making a donation by texting “OKGIVE” to 27722 or visiting their website at www.mGive.org.
You can also send donations for the Tushka Disaster Relief Fund to this address:
Tushka Disaster Relief Fund
101 SE 1st Street
Tushka, OK 74525