Kentucky natives, Halfway to Hazard, as well as members of the Kentucky Opry will be partnering with WYMT, Food City, Community Trust Bank and the Mountain Arts Center for the “Eastern Kentucky Cares: Hope from the Mountains” telethon from the Mountain Arts Center in Prestonsburg.
The Hurricane Harvey relief telethon will air on Thursday, September 3, 2017, from 3:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. EDT. Viewers can watch it on WYMT-TV, as well as online at www.wymt.com.
“Eastern Kentuckians know firsthand the devastation of losing everything in a flood. Our people are always the first to respond, whether it is in times of war or natural disasters,” said WYMT VP/General Manager Neil Middleton. “That’s why WYMT is proud to team up with several of our local business partners to provide some much-needed assistance with the hurricane relief efforts. That’s what neighbors do.”
Halfway to Hazard’s Chad Warrix and David Tolliver will not only host the event but will also perform their career hit songs, as well as tunes from their most recent album REDemptiOn.
“We just want to do our part and show Houston and the affected areas that Kentucky cares about them,” says Warrix.
Tolliver adds, “In these times, it’s great to see everyone come together to help out their fellow Americans.”
The telethon will also feature live music by members of the Kentucky Opry as well as select performances from other artists from the Bluegrass State. Halfway to Hazard’s Warrix and Tolliver are no strangers to giving back. They’ve raised over $1 million for Kentucky charities alone and continue to be involved in worthy efforts not only in, but outside of the state as well.
Donations called in will be split between the following charities: American Red Cross, Samaritan’s Purse, Salvation Army and the Houston Food Bank.
Jessica Blankenship is the owner and founder of Kentucky Country Music website. The Berea College graduate has been a music journalist and historian for over 20 years. She enjoys providing concert photography, reviews, historical articles, red carpet event coverage, and exclusive interviews of your favorite musicians. Jessica is proud to be a Kentucky Colonel and alumni of the FFA and 4-H Clubs. In 2018, she was named one of Laurel County’s Ten Under 40 Award Recipients. In 2019, she was a member of the Inaugural class of BRIGHT Kentucky as part of Leadership Kentucky. She has been featured on the Kentucky Music Preview podcast, Hollercast podcast, Overtones radio show, WFKY Nashville News Roundup, KET, and more. Beyond music, she enjoys traveling, helping her community, collecting gnomes, and Volkswagens.