Posted by Mike Dever - email
LOUISVILLE, KY (WAVE) - Dozens of employees from the O'Shea's family of pubs in Louisville returned home overnight after spending several days helping victims of April's storms in Alabama.
Eighty bartenders, servers, hosts, and managers from O'Shea's left Louisville early on May 8 for Marshall County, Alabama, one many areas that suffered massive damage from April's storms.
They worked with the Christian Appalachian Project Disaster Relief Team already on the ground there.
Some returning volunteers we spoke with told us nothing they had seen on TV could prepare them for seeing the destruction up close.
"When we were going down there, we definitely didn't expect to see what we were going into," said Ashley Nirumandrad. "We expected for there to be the trees down and all that, but we weren't expecting to see the families - and such grief. It was kind of a shock."
The O'Shea's family paid for the trip expenses, and employees volunteered their time.
On Thursday, May 12, at 9 p.m. WAVE 3.3 will be airing a live 90-minute concert special featuring Hank Williams, Jr., Alabama, Keith Urban, Lady Antebellum, Ronnie Dunn, Sara Evans, Tim McGraw and many others to raise awareness and funds for those affected by the recent devastating storms, flooding and tornadoes.
Additional artists will be announced.
The fundraising special will air live from Nashville on Thursday, May 12 at 9 p.m. ET/8 p.m. CT on CMT and will be simulcast on WAVE's digital 3.3 channel and Insight 431. It will also be streamed live on CMT.com.
All money raised will benefit the American Red Cross Disaster Relief efforts.