It was a devastating weekend for many residents in the southeast region of the United States when massive storms blew through the area, leaving 19 dead and many without a place to call home. One of the highly affected areas was Albany, GA, a town three hours south of Atlanta, where search and rescue efforts are currently underway following the devastating storms.
While rescuers work feverishly to clear debris and find those displaced by the storms, local musician/businessman Bo Henry is working to help residents in another way… by organizing a benefit concert for the victims. So far, Henry has reportedly recruited country superstar Luke Bryan and American Idol winner Phillip Phillips to help raise money for the cause.
“This recovery effort is going to be here for the long haul,” Henry told the Albany Herald. “So many people want to help, to volunteer, and that means so much to the victims of these storms. But we reached out in our devastation to the guys who can really raise money, enough to make a big difference in our region.”
A date has not yet been confirmed for the event, but according to reports, Henry is currently in meetings with songwriter Dallas Davidson to work out some of the details.
“It’s not going to happen in the next week or two, because Luke and Phillip are deeply involved in their careers,” Henry added. “But they wanted to help their community. When they were approached, they both said they were all-in.”
Albany is less than 15 miles south of Bryan’s hometown of Leesburg, so it’s no doubt that the devastation hits home for the superstar. After learning about the disastrous storms, Bryan took to Twitter to share kind words to those affected. “Praying for Albany and all of South Georgia,” he wrote. “My heart goes out to those who lost loved ones.”
Davidson also took to Twitter to reassure the South Georgia community that they have not been forgotten about. “I want everyone to know that all of the hometown boys are getting together to see what we can come up w/ to help our community,” he shared.
Until more details about the event are revealed, fans can aid the tornado victims by donating to the American Red Cross. Donations can also be made through the United Way of Southwest Georgia through its secure portal at unitedwayswga.org/help or mail a check to P.O. Box 70429, Albany, Ga. 31708. Memo Disaster Relief Fund.