Nicole Kidman Raises $1.7 Mil for Nashville Flood Relief

Celebrity News May. 17, 2010 AT 12:34PM
Nicole Kidman Raises $1.7 Mil for Nashville Flood Relief Credit: Frederick Breedon/Getty Images

Stars of Nashville -- and Hollywood -- rallied on Sunday night in Nashville to bring relief to victims of the devastating floods in Tennessee.

Nicole Kidman, husband Keith Urban, Brad Paisley, Sheryl Crow and many others pitched in (manning the phones and performing) for the Music City Keep on Playin' benefit in Nashville.

By 11:45 p.m., the telethon raised over $1.7 million for the Community Foundation of Middle Tennessee. At least 2000 Nashville-area homes have been destroyed or damaged by the flood that struck in the beginning of May.

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Paisley and his wife Kimberley started off the night with their own donation of $100,000.

"I've lived in a lot of different places," Sheryl Crow said. "But I've never felt home until I lived here."

Performing an acoustic version of the Beatles song "Help," Urban explained some of the damage he and wife Kidman have suffered in their nearby home.

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"We certainly weren't spared. Our place out in Franklin, we had quite a bit of damage out there," he said, noting that his musical equipment "floated down the river toward Smyrna...It's just been a very moving experience for me."

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