The five living former U.S. presidents will attend a concert this month at Texas A&M University to raise money for the recovery effort in the wake of the three hurricanes that pummeled wide sections of the United States.
Former presidents Jimmy Carter, George H.W. Bush, Bill Clinton, George W. Bush and Barack Obama will attend the Oct. 21 event at A&M’s Reed Arena.
The concert was announced by the George H.W. Presidential Library, which is located at the College Station campus. It will feature such Texas performers as the Gatlin Brothers, Robert Earl Keen and Lyle Lovett, along with the country group Alabama and singer Lee Greenwood.
“The 43rd president and I, and our distinguished colleagues in this ‘One America Appeal,’ are very grateful to these wonderful performers — some of them old friends, some of them new — for giving their time and talent to help the urgent cause of hurricane recovery in Texas, Florida and the Caribbean,” said Bush, the nation’s 41st president, who made a reference to his son, former President George W. Bush.
“It’s important that those affected by these devastating storms know that, even if the path to recovery feels like a road that goes on forever, we’re with them for the long haul.”
One America Appeal was launched by the former presidents to raise money for and bring awareness to the tremendous cost of rebuilding after hurricanes Harvey, Irma and Maria.
All funds donated to the effort are tax-deductible and will be administered through the Bush library.
“Thanks to our generous underwriters, every dollar you spend to attend Deep from the Heart will go to help these storm victims start the process of healing and recovering,” the library said in its One American page on its website. “With top musical talent from Texas and beyond, it promises to be an uplifting, unforgettable night.”
Tickets to the concert, which starts at 7 p.m. on Oct. 21, range in price from $30 to $600.
SOURCE: USA Today OnPolitics – John C. Moritz