Blake Shelton is giving back. The 41-year-old superstar has teamed up with Ryman Hospitality Properties to donate $50,000 to his hometown of Tishomingo, Oklahoma.
Blake recently performed two shows at his own Ole Red Restaurant in Tishomingo, giving back money from the ticket sales to the city. The money donated by Blake will benefit Pennington Park—a beautiful 15-acre park next to the soft rolling waters of Pennington Creek. The city plans to use the money to make improvements to the current splash pad and add water park features.
“It’s always fun to play your hometown and now that we have Ole Red in Tishomingo, we can pop up and play anytime,” said Blake. “We played a lot of music, had fun and raised money for Pennington Park! Now that’s a good time!”
Visitors to the park can camp out overnight using the provided RV hookups as well as have access to fishing, the boat ramp, designated walking trails, and a swimming hole, where it’s free to swim. According to the park’s website, Pennington Creek Park is also conveniently located close to the historic Chickasaw Nation Capitol Museum and Genealogical Center as well as the Johnston County Historical Society Museum.
“I’m kind of in the position where I’ve got the easy part, I just go, ‘Hey, I’m gonna do these two shows and I’ll raise the money and then you city people figure out how to do this,” Blake said to local KTEN news.
Those city officials involved are hoping to have the improvements completed by the opening of the 2018’s park season, which is May to September.
That’s just like Blake, to never forget where he came from.
Photo courtesy Ole Red