Kellie Pickler Rocks the Civic Center

By: Tim Elliott Email
By: Tim Elliott Email

The Dothan Civic Center was rockin' Saturday night as thousands flocked to see some of country music's hottest stars.

It was all part of Country Crossing's kick-off celebration.

But the event wasn't just a concert for the recently-opened entertainment complex, it also benefited a local charity.

People were seeing stars at the Dothan Civic Center Saturday night.

“I love Alabama firsthand, I have a lot of friends that live here and a lot of friends that are from here so it's good to be back,”

Country music sensation and former American Idol contestant headlined the event.

“I love her she's my favorite singer,” said 10-year-old Paige Hamm.
“I think she is awesome and very nice,” said 12-year-old Selby Pybus.

But the real reason behind the concert: to help those in need, this holiday season.

“I know we helped raise over 8,500 pounds of food raised $16,000 in cash and fed 92,000 families with this concert tonight, how do you argue with that?” said Ronnie Gilley.

“The need has been up about 30% this year so this has made a tremendous difference during the holidays,” said David Hands with the Wiregrass Area Food Bank.

“I think that being in the position that I’m in where I can help give back and help other people, that's what it's all about so you just embrace one another and it's all about spreading the love,” said Pickler.

Officials moved the concert from the Country Crossing site to the civic center because Mother Nature just wouldn't cooperate.

“It's mass capacity at the civic center, storming outside, freezing outside but we've been saying all the time country music is a big draw,” said Gilley.

“Country Crossing has committed to helping the non-profits in the wiregrass and this is the first one and we're just lucky we're the beneficiary of that,” added Hanks.

Pickler says it's the people that make Alabama a great place to perform.

“I'd never turn down a show in Alabama I love the people here it's fun, they're country just like me!” giggled Pickler.

News 4 asked Ronnie Gilley if he was disappointed that he was forced to move the party from Country Crossing site to civic center because of the weather.

He sasys that since day one of the project, he and his team have been improvising and adapting to obstacles all the time so by now, they're used to it.

The food bank had about 5,000 tickets to give out.

To get one, all you had to do was make a $5 donation or bring in five cans of food.


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