From NEIL HAISLOP’SNASHVILLE IQ: When the Tim McGraw, Faith Hill Soul2Soul II tour rolls into New Orleans on July 5th, fans that paid to see the show will be glad to know that they’ve actually contributed their entertainment budget to their friends and neighbors still suffering from the effects of hurricane Katrina. That’s because Tim and Faith are donating 100% of net proceeds to Katrina Relief efforts in Louisiana and Mississippi Katrina Relief efforts. The net proceeds from the concert will be donated by Tim and Faith’s newly established Neighbors Keeper Foundation, to organizations, which will be determined at a later date, which are in need of goods, services and finances to assist individuals still suffering from the devastating effects of Hurricane Katrina. Fan club and Club SuperSoul members can find out more about presale ticket availability and auctions next week at www.faithhill.com or www.timmcgraw.com. Tickets will also be available via AOL Tickets at www.aol.com/tickets.
The goal for the concert, which will take place on July 5th at 7:30 PM at the New Orleans Arena, to bring together New Orleans residents, as well as all those from the surrounding areas, in the spirit of renewal. As part of that effort, organizers have lowered the usual “Soul2Soul II” Tour ticket prices to between $20 and $85 and Tim and Faith have insisted on distributing half the floor seats to volunteers in the area who have worked tirelessly over the past nine months since Katrina first hit the region on August 29th, 2005.
The floor seats are being donated by longtime McGraw sponsor Bud Light, which according to Tim Schoen, Vice President, Sports and Entertainment Marketing for Anheuser-Busch, is proud to join Tim and Faith and the Neighbors Keeper Foundation in the event, and to provide this unique thank you to the many volunteers in the area. “We will not stop, we will not forget, we will not quit, until we see our friends, our families and our neighbors returned to the lives that they once knew,” said Tim and Faith in a joint statement. “We hope to give everyone who comes out a few hours to just enjoy.”
The McGraw-Hill camps offer up some eye-opening statistics that turn their marriage into a musical family dynasty thanks to more than a collective 60 million albums sold, six Grammy Awards, 17 American Music Awards, 22 Country Music Association Awards and 16 Academy of Country Music Awards, 11 #1 albums and more than 35 #1 singles, Tim McGraw and Faith Hill are not just country music’s reigning first couple, they are each, in their own right, one of their generation’s most successful performers.
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