More Nashville Relief Continues To Flood In

Many Nashville flood victims still desperately need assistance after the heavy rainstorms and subsequent flooding that drenched Tennessee and neighboring states earlier this month. Fortunately, entertainers are continuing to open their hearts and wallets to help with flood relief.

Jerry Seinfeld has promised to donate all of the proceeds from his Friday performance at Andrew Jackson Hall in Nashville.

“This is a tough time for a great city, and I’m very happy to donate the proceeds from this show to the local organizations that are bringing help where it’s needed,” the comedian said in an e-mail to The Associated Press.

Proceeds from the show will go towards the Community Foundation of Middle Tennessee and American Red Cross Disaster Relief Fund.

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The floods damaged or destroyed thousands of homes and took the lives of more than 34 people in Tennessee, Mississippi and Kentucky. Downtown Nashville was flooded and lost power with hundreds of residents rescued by boat and canoe. About 50 Nashville schools were damaged along with Grand Ole Opry, the Country Music Hall of Fame and LP Field.

The Rock On The Range festival, which takes place May 22-23 at Columbus Crew Stadium in Ohio, has pledged to donate 50 cents per ticket sold to the Metro Nashville Disaster Fund. The fund is a partnership between the Community Foundation of Middle Tennessee, the Office of the Mayor of Nashville and Davidson County’s Office of Emergency Management. Grants from the fund will go towards nonprofit organizations helping out with relief, restoration and clean-up efforts in the Davidson County area.

Rock on The Range 2010 features performances by artists including Godsmack, Limp Bizkit, Rob Zombie, Slash and Three Days Grace.

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The swollen Cumberland River flows by downtown Nashville, Tenn., at sunrise.

The Country Throwdown Tour, which kicks off May 14 in Tampa, Fla., and runs through June 20 in Mountain View, Calif., has also promised to donate 50 cents of every ticket sold to charity. A portion of the funds collected will go directly towards Hands On Nashville to help rebuild community infrastructure in Music City. Every year the organization refers or places 38,000 volunteers in projects in more than 300 area service agencies and schools.

A number of artists on the Throwdown Tour will also be donating the net proceeds from their merch sales at select shows throughout the U.S.. The merchandise donations will be collected at the end of the tour to benefit the nonprofit.

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Trask Coliseum, Wilmington, N.C.

“We’re excited to be a part of the Throwdown Tour and through the course of the tour the artists get to participate in generating a lot of revenue for Nashville,” said Montgomery Gentry’s Troy Gentry. “Donating in one lump sum at the end of the tour gives us the opportunity to help any folks who may have fallen through the cracks, either through no having insurance or not being eligible for FEMA coverage. We’ll be able to place the money directly with the people who need it the most to rebuild.”

Montgomery Gentry has pledged to donate along with fellow Country Throwdown artists Jack Ingram, Eric Church, Eli Young Band, Sarah Buxton, Heather Morgan, Jedd Hughes, Ashley Ray, Troy Olsen, Brad Tursi, Cory Branan and Dave Pahanish.