Lady A Delivers on a Prom-ise
Trio raisies $285K to help town heal.
Lady Antebellum helped an Indiana town heal and gave its high school students a prom to remember.
The group rocked the house at a packed arena in Louisville, Ky., raising $285,000 as a result of the “Rebuilding Henryville” benefit concert, named for the town that lost homes, businesses and its only high school in a deadly March tornado.
The idea for Wednesday night’s (May16) concert came after Lady A launched a contest offering fans a chance to "Own the Night" with a private concert at their high school prom. The trio chose Henryville [Ind.] High School after schools across the country, including rival school Silver Creek, submitted videos urging support of the devastated school.
“To see all those high schools [vote] on behalf of Henryville," noted Lady A's Charles Kelley, “it moved us so much.”
"This whole thing started with just a little prom contest,” added the group's Dave Haywood. “This has kind of evolved into a much bigger event where we were able to raise a lot of money for their rebuilding efforts and do as much as we can.”
Although Lady Antebellum couldn’t perform for Henryville’s actual prom last month, they hosted a mini-prom before the benefit concert, surprising students by showing up during the dance. As the crowd cheered, Charles and Hillary Scott each pulled a student up to dance while they sang and Dave played guitar for an acoustic performance of “Dancin’ Away With My Heart.”
Nearly 200 juniors and seniors moved to the music, held up cell phones to take photos and sang along. Then Dave only had to play a few notes of “Need You Now” before students began clapping in recognition. After the two-song set, Hillary told students, “We just want to take a second and say how much each and every one of you have inspired us and we are so honored to be here.”
Later as students, residents of Henryville and other Lady A fans and supporters filled the arena for the benefit concert, Lady A continued to follow through on a promise to make it a night full of memories. The group dedicated “Dancin' Away With My Heart” to the Henryville Class of 2012 and later called on everyone to sing along, “especially graduates,” with another of their big hits.
The night, though, while meaningful to Henryville was also very special for Lady A. As Hillary explained, the opportunities to give back are “the most rewarding opportunities we are ever given.”