WEST VIRGINIA — Brad Paisley is more than just a country music superstar; he’s a true Mountaineer with endless pride for his West Virginia roots. In an effort to help those affected by last week’s horrific flooding that left more than 20 dead and hundreds more injured and homeless, the Glen Dale native has created a GoFundMe page with a goal of reaching $1 million in donations.
Paisley himself kicked things off with a personal donation of $100,000.
“Now that the waters are receding, it’s time to pitch in and help in any way we can,” Paisley wrote on the GoFundMe page. “One of the best ways I have found that hopefully will raise the largest amount of money the quickest and get it to the people in need the fastest is through GoFundMe… I have set a goal of $1 million — this is doable and only a small portion of what is needed.”
Paisley also added that he will travel to southern West Virginia on June 30 to lend a hand.
PGA golfer Bubba Watson, whose family has a summer home in the hardest-hit Greenbrier County, also pledged to make a personal donation ($250,000) in an effort to help those in need. Watson was at The Greenbrier when the golf course became submerged under floodwaters.
“I’ve been through some hurricanes, but I’ve never seen something like this,” Watson said in an interview with pgatour.com’s Helen Ross. “It was just overwhelming, the stories and stuff. You don’t even think anything of it, and then the next thing you know I looked out over my house and the golf course was flooded in front of me.”
Paisley is one of West Virginia’s most beloved celebrities. In November of 2014, Paisley visited Morgantown for ESPN’s College GameDay. And in September of 2015, Paisley performed the state’s treasured theme song, John Denver’s “Country Roads”, prior to the Mountaineers’ football matchup with Maryland. His generosity and appreciation for ‘Almost Heaven’ is the definition of a true West Virginian.
Paisley’s GoFundMe page can be found here: https://www.gofundme.com/WestVirginiaFloods
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