Tickets To The Former Presidents' Hurricane Relief Concert Sold Out In Less Than 24 Hours

All five will be in attendance.

Tickets To The Former Presidents' Hurricane Relief Concert Sold Out In Less Than 24 Hours

Last month, we were heartened to learn that all five living former U.S. presidents were coming together to help victims of Hurricane Harvey. The initiative, One America Appeal, was later extended to raise money for those affected by Irma and Maria in Florida and the Caribbean.

"As former presidents, we want to help our fellow Americans begin to recover," Barack Obama said in a video released for the initiative, which featured the five presidents speaking from different locations.


This week, the George H.W. Bush Presidential Library Foundation announced yet another project that's bringing the former presidents together — a benefit concert to raise even more money for hurricane relief.

Deep from the Heart: The One America Appeal Concert will take place on Saturday, October 21, from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m., at Texas A&M University's Reed Arena. Former presidents Barack Obama, George W. Bush, Bill Clinton, George H.W. Bush, and Jimmy Carter will all be in attendance at the show.

Featured musicians at the concert include Alabama, Lyle Lovett, Cassadee Pope, Yolanda Adams, Robert Earl Keen, Sam Moore, Stephanie Quayle, and The Gatlins. According to CNN, Lee Greenwood will emcee the event.

Americans are clearly ready to support the presidents' efforts. Jim McGrath, the elder Bush's post-White House spokesman, tweeted on Thursday that the concert had sold out in less than 24 hours. That's great news, as the Bush Library writes, "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 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," George H.W. Bush said of the concert in a statement, according to CNN. "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."

Those who can't attend the concert are encouraged to donate to One America Appeal. According to the website, money raised will benefit the Hurricane Harvey Relief Fund, the Rebuild Texas Fund, the Florida Disaster Fund, Unidos Por Puerto Rico, and the Fund for the Virgin Islands.

Cover image via Pete Souza / The White House.


Subscribe to our newsletter and get the latest news and exclusive updates.