Thursday, July 23, 2015

Sundy Best telethon is latest fundraiser for Eastern Kentucky flood victims

People from all over Kentucky, including the state's economically distressed eastern region, are contributing to relief funds for people in an Eastern Kentucky county who were devastated by a July 13 flood that killed four people and destroyed nearly 70 homes.

The latest example was a Sunday night telethon on WYMT-TV in Hazard featuring Sundy Best, the country-music duo who are natives of Floyd County, just south of Johnson County, where the flood hit. It raised almost $50,000, the Foundation for Appalachian Kentucky said in a press release. "The television station mobilized their entire cast and crew to set the stage for a long, live, and flawless broadcast that would bring the realization of devastation to people’s living rooms across the region."

WYMT quotes Kris Bentley of Sundy Best: "To be here and see people's faces that have had to endure it right at their doorstep is heartbreaking. You hope you never see a disaster like this at home." He said in the news release, "You know, we all got each other’s back in this area; in this whole state. It's very Kentucky for Kentucky."

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