Former presidents Obama, Bush 43, Clinton, Bush 41 & Carter to headline Oct. 21 concert benefiting hurricane relief efforts
The George H. W. Bush Presidential Library Foundation has announced a hurricane relief concert at Texas A&M's Reed Arena the evening of Oct. 21 featuring former presidents Obama, Bush 43, Clinton, Bush 41 and Carter joined by top music performers. All ticket sales and other proceeds from the "Deep From the Heart: The One America Appeal" concert will go to the special hurricane recovery effort launched last month by the five living former U.S. presidents.
Together with all five living former presidents, the show at Reed Arena will feature Grammy winner Lee Greenwood as emcee and performer; Grammy winners and producers of 43 No. 1 hits, Alabama; Texas music legend The Gatlin Brothers, four-time Grammy winner Lyle Lovett; Texas great Robert Earl Keen; legendary Grammy-winning, Rock and Roll Hall of Famer "Soul Man" Sam Moore; gospel legend Yolanda Adams; season three winner of NBC's "The Voice," Cassadee Pope; and rising country artist Stephanie Quayle, who Rolling Stone Country called one of the "Ten New Country Music Artists You Need to Know."
The One America Appeal was launched Sept. 7 when all five living former presidents aired a joint PSA on the NFL's regular season opening broadcast and launched a website accepting tax-deductible donations at OneAmericaAppeal.org
Originally, the former presidents were inspired to come together in the aftermath of Hurricane Harvey, which unleashed devastating flooding that threatened hundreds of thousands of Texans — and spurred thousands of first responders and neighbors into action. The effort has since expanded twice to include recovery efforts in Florida from Hurricane Irma, and in Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands from Hurricane Maria.
A special restricted account has been established through the George H. W. Bush Presidential Library Foundation to collect and distribute donations to every dollar given goes to assist hurricane victims. Donations will be distributed to:
- Houston Harvey Relief Fund, focusing on the Greater Houston region
- Rebuild Texas Fund, assisting hurricane-ravaged communities across the state
- Florida Disaster Fund
- Juntos y Unidos Por Puerto Rico, launched by First Lady Beatriz Rossello and a private sector coalition
- The Fund for the Virgin Islands
"Thanks to our very generous underwriters, we can once again state that every dollar we raise through ticket sales for our 'Deep From the Heart' show will go to our designated hurricane recovery funds," said David Jones, CEO of the George H. W. Bush Presidential Library Foundation. "So grab your friends and join us at Reed Arena on Oct. 21 for what promises to be a truly unforgettable night - that also helps a lot of Americans."