Back in April, Jo Dee Messina announced her A Million Doors campaign to help raise $2.5 million for a nonprofit school, the Holy Trinity Montessori, in Nashville by donating proceeds from the sale of her song “Carry Me.” She was also working on a benefit concert for the school, scheduled for Saturday, June 25 in Pittsburg, Kansas, but the funds from the show are now going to help victims of the tornadoes that devastated Joplin, MO. The concert’s promoter, Al Zar, lived in Joplin and lost everything during the storms. Jo Dee and Katie Riley, the head of the school Jo Dee is raising funds for, decided the Red Cross needed the money more.
“After the tornados, I reached out to Al, knowing they hit close to where we were having the concert,” Jo Dee said. “He lost everything. When I told Kate about this, she was saddened and suggested that if the shows do happen that they should give the money to him. When my management offered this to Al, he said, ‘Instead of me, why don’t we offer the proceeds to all the people in Joplin, by donating proceeds to the Joplin Red Cross?’ And so we are!”
Jo Dee isn’t the only country artist jumping in to lend a hand to the people of Joplin through her music. Sugarland, along with their friends Little Big Town, have released a special performance and video clip of “Stand Up” from their The Incredible Machine album to iTunes, dubbed “Stand Up (For Tornado Relief).” All proceeds from sales will go to the Red Cross. The song and video clip was filmed in Chicago and Minneapolis.