It seems the big hearts of our country music entertainers just keep getting bigger. Last week, when a storm hit Canada, tossing chairs, causing a tent to collapse, and sending fans running from the scene in panic, Donna Moore of Lloydminster was killed. She was crushed by a huge speaker that fell on top of her.
A friend of Donna’s told news media that Donna was a huge country music fan who was at the festival for the weekend. “She was pumped to go to Big Valley. It makes me sick to my stomach because she was such an awesome lady,” he said. “She was hanging out watching music with people she loved.”
Big & Rich, John Rich and Big Kenny Alphin have announced that $10 from every ticket sold to their Aug. 25 show will be donated to the Donna Moore Memorial Trust Fund. Donna was 35 years old, and the mother of two sons, ages 10 and 16.
“We were immediately struck by the sadness of what happened at Big Valley," John Rich said in a statement. "We’ve performed at Big Valley. We have stood on that stage with other artists and fans and the news really hit home with us. We immediately knew we needed to do something, so we invite all music fans to join us at Telus Field for a great evening and an opportunity to contribute to the fund in support of Donna Moore’s children."
Johnny Reid, a Canadian country music star, recently donated $10,000 to the fund.
Kevin Costner also said he hopes to return to Alberta to support those affected by the collapse of the outdoor stage during the severe thunderstorm.
“We are so sad about the loss of life and injury that occurred on a day that carried so much promise, but turned so wicked so quickly," the actor said in a statement Monday. We hope to return to Alberta in the future to help with the healing."
If you’d like to help raise money for Donna’s family, and you’d like to buy yourself a date with Kevin Costner at the same time, he’s auctioning himself off, with all the proceeds going to the Donna Moore Memorial Trust Fund. Get more information about that auction here.
A few of the shows listed on Big & Rich’s home page include the Wisconsin Sate Fair on Tuesday night (Aug. 11); Sioux Empire Fairgrounds in Sioux Falls, SD on Aug. 12; Mainstage Stadium View in Green Bay, Wisc., on Aug. 15; and the Iowa State Fair in Des Moines, Iowa, for two shows on Aug. 16.
The pair is heading to Florida on Aug. 22, for a show at St. Petersburg’s Tropicana Field; and on Aug. 23, you can catch them at the Verizon Wireless Amphitehatre in Alpharetta, Ga. Shows later this fall will find John and Big Kenny in New York, New Hampshire, and Atlantic City, N.J.
This video doesn’t have a thing to do with the stage collapse in Canada, or the fund raising efforts of John and Big Kenny, but I like to get a video up with the entertainers I’m talkinbg about. So, here’s an interview John did with radio station KJJY.
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