Country Singer Helps Flood Victims

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) -- In May of 2006, country singer Blake Shelton staged a Raindance concert in his hometown of Ada, Oklahoma, to aid victims of wildfires in the area.

This year he held the Raindance II festival and concert in late April, not knowing then the proceeds would ironically go to victims of widespread flooding caused by storms and heavy rain that hit the state this summer.

Next year, Shelton plans another benefit, guessing that it will probably go to assist tornado victims.

He just presented a check for $100,000 to Governor Brad Henry.

The money will go to Project Rebuild, a public-private partnership of state officials, faith-based groups and trade associations that builds and repairs homes of disaster victims.

Shelton has taken part in benefits for St. Jude Children's Research Hospital in Memphis and other causes, but said raising money for his fellow Oklahomans has meant the most to him.

He's known for hits such as "Austin," "The Baby" and "Some Beach."

(Copyright 2007 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)


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