Lady Antebellum came to Henryville, Indiana on Wednesday, May 16. Charles Kelley, Dave Haywood and Hillary Scott conducted a fund-raising event that benefited efforts to rebuild areas in the town that was destroyed by a devastating tornado earlier this year.
"What a great night with an incredible community. Over $285,000 raised. Thank you for #RebuildingHenryville with us!!" The band tweeted. Hillary additionally wrote on her own page, "I'll never forget tonight. Ever. Thank you to everyone who made it happen!"
Prior to the charity gig, Lady A catered students from Henryville High School with a private prom-style show. Juniors and seniors, along with their dates, celebrated the night by dancing under the disco ball. At one point, two students were invited to join the band on stage.
"Each and every one of you have inspired us, and we're so honored to be here, I know it's your second prom technically," Hillary said. She and her bandmates couldn't make it to the school's actual prom on April 27 due to "a previously scheduled commitment."
The school was chosen by the band in an "Own the Prom Night" contest. The Henryville students got support from their peers across the country including from their longtime sports rival Silver Creek High School in nearby Sellersburg, Indiana. They all submitted a video, urging Lady A to choose the school.
"Their story, resilience and unity" and their "selfless" entries moved the band. "That was just such, honestly, an encouraging thing to think that those high schoolers, that generation, they're that helpless, they want to help each other that much," Hillary explained. "It was definitely an easy decision."
After singing at the mini-prom show, Lady A took the stage at the KFC Yum Center in nearby Louisville, Ky for the fund-raising concert. "We want to just go there and hopefully bring a little joy, meet them, shake their hands, encourage them to try to get through it as best as they can," Charles said.