On Wednesday, some of country musics’ finest will perform for a good cause. The Association of Zoos and Aquariums will host a virtual benefit concert to help zoos and aquariums after the COVID-19 pandemic put a financial burden on the organization. The benefit will feature Brad Paisley, Old Dominion, Wynonna Judd, Riley Green, Jessie James Decker, and Shy Carter.
According to Duane McGregor, the Marketing and Public Relations Manager for Cameron Park Zoo, the event will be a huge help.
“All the zoos are hurting badly because it is very expensive to feed these animals and take care of them medically,” McGregor said.
Proceeds from the concert will help the facilities feed, care, and provide medical attention for all the animals. In addition, the Association of Zoos and Aquariums is encouraging the public to get involved.
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According to its website, you can buy a ticket for the event through your nearest AZA-accredited facility. You can reach out to them for a link to purchase a local ticket. You can also show your support by purchasing a ticket for the streaming event.
“The ticket price is $30, and each facility will get $15 of that $30. We get half of it,” McGregor said. “Then there is also the opportunity, either when they purchase the ticket or during the concert, they can go in and donate more money that goes specifically for their zoo in their area.”
Country Music Television host Cody Allen will host the one-hour event, beginning at various times. Brad Paisley will headline, and many other celebrity animal lovers will perform.
“Old Dominion, Wynonna Judd, Riley Green, Jessie James Decker, Shy Carter, and Ashley McBryde,” McGregor said. ‘So we’ve got some really big names out there.”
The concert, set to stream today, was pre-recorded at the AZA-accredited Nashville Zoo and Steel Mill Studios. According to McGregor, once you buy a ticket, you can not share the link with others. “If you do share it, then whoever you share it with, if they click on it before you do, then you are out of luck!” McGregor added.
Despite the hard times, McGregor says that they are nothing but grateful for how the community consistently supports them. “We are really excited about this concert opportunity, and it’s a good way that people can enjoy themselves for an hour of entertainment, and help out their zoo at the same time,” McGregor said.
To purchase a ticket for the Virtual Benefit Concert, click here.