Loretta Lynn's Friends: Hometown Rising, a Sept. 13 benefit concert for the victims of the August flood in Humphreys County, featured performances by stars the caliber of Trisha Yearwood, Luke Bryan, Luke Combs, Garth Brooks, Reba McEntire, Breland, Little Big Town, Brittney Spencer and Keith Urban.
As of Thursday (Sept. 16), funds raised by the event (subsequent donations included) have surpassed $933,000.
"I've heard from so many friends that the show Monday night that my friends put together for our community not only raised money, but it also raised spirits after a long few weeks of loss and heartbreak," Lynn shared on her website. "I loved the performances and the stories. While we shared some heartbreaking images and footage from our hometown, what I saw in those moments was the resilience people have shown amid so much loss. We'll all be okay as long as we continue to help one another."
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Due to the catastrophic flooding, 20 people were killed in Humphreys County on the morning of Aug. 21. Lynn's longtime ranch foreman, Wayne Spears, was among those victims. The floodwaters also left extensive damage across Middle Tennessee, destroying hundreds of businesses and homes.
Speaking about the devastating floods, Executive director Nioka Curtis stated, "United Way of Humphreys County has been dedicated to our communities for years, and we established the Humphreys County Flood Relief Fund to get immediate and long-term needs met for all the flood victims. We had no idea this would be one of the worst floods in our history, but our community will be whole again. It's UWHC's goal to help make that happen as quickly as possible with the help of our generous donors. From the rental deposits and down payments necessary for people to get re-housed, to remodeling, replacing clothing and rebuilding their lives, we want to make sure their needs are met and we will continue our fight to make that happen."