Oklahoma country music superstar Toby Keith is still working out the details of the benefit concert he’s planning with Ronnie Dunn and Garth Brooks to raise money for the tornado-ravaged areas of the state, reports NewsOK sports journalists Scott Wright and Stephanie Kuzydym.
Keith, who was born in Clinton, grew up in Moore and lives in Norman, was rooting for the University of Oklahoma softball team Sunday night, seated in the front row behind home plate during OU’s 6-2 win over Washington to advance to the championship series of the Women’s College World Series.
“Patty Gasso has her team fundraiser out at my golf course,” the avid OU supporter told NewsOK. “Every year, I help her raise money, so she told me I had to come some games. I promised I would, so we came. They’re pretty talented.”
Keith said he’s been proud to see OU teams’ public support of Moore and the other areas hit by tornadoes this month.
“They’ve done a lot, and the other teams that are here from out of state have been helping, too,” he said. “A lot of these girls have gone out and helped with cleanup and stuff on their day off.
“We’re trying to get a little closure for everyone.”
While three of his family members had their homes damaged in the May 20 tornado that devastated Moore, Keith said the subsequent outbreak of deadly tornadoes last Friday night pushed back work with Dunn and Brooks to line up their benefit concert, which is expected to take place sometime around July 4.
“The storms got a little closer to my house this time,” Keith said. “Everybody was in the storm shelter for that one.”