Henryville students dance the night away with Lady Antebellum

HENRYVILLE, IN (WAVE) - "We were all walking in and our hearts were just pounding! We were excited before we came but we started walking through the hallways we became so excited," said Henryville High School senior Casey Guernsey.

Henryville High School students weren't the only ones waiting in anticipation!

"I have butterflies in my stomach right now thinking about just seeing their faces," said Hillary Scott with Lady Antebellum.

Lady Antebellum was also a bundle of nerves for the big show Wednesday night.

Henryville students summed up this entire experience with one word.

"Special. It's very, very special to be altogether and this is something special that they're doing for us and we're so thankful," said Henryville High School junior Jasmine Harrell.

"If you would have told me at the beginning of my senior year this was going to happen I would have been like you're full of it," senior Camera Johnson said.

"We can all be together and be happy and not think about just what's going on at home," Guernsey said.

While the students seemed to dance their cares away in the arena's Spirit Room, Lady A snuck in and performed a few songs before heading down for the main event, where the band performed on the main stage to a crowd estimated to be at 8,500.

It's an ordeal the band itself told me they never expected to be so huge when they started the prom competition on their website.

"I mean can a 30 year old man go to a prom with a 17 year old girl so we didn't know what was going to come up," Charles Kelley of Lady Antebellum said.

But once the overwhelming amount of entries came in showing the tragedy of the March EF4 tornado in Henryville, the band knew their competition and concert would take a serious and even an inspirational tone.

"To see it become such a bigger event and much more of an important event was pretty moving to me," Kelley said.

"It's rewarding; it's the best feeling in the world," Scott said.

In addition to the concert, the band was able to raise $235,000 for the Help Rebuild Henryville initiative, while the Lipton company raised $50,000.

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