FGL raises money for Harvey victims at Gilford show

Country superstar duo Florida Georgia Line played a show at the Bank of New Hampshire Pavilion in Gilford Friday night where they teamed up with the Red Cross to raise money for Hurricane Harvey victims.

“It’s just a moment we can have to just give back,” said Brian Kelley, who makes up one-half of the duo. “It’s why we’re here. It’s why we do what we do.”

Kelley, who goes by BK, and Tyler Hubbard are using their moments on stage to perform but also bring awareness to the victims of Hurricane Harvey. The band is donating $200,000 of their proceeds from their New Hampshire shows to the Red Cross.

“We’ve always believed in giving back,” BK said. “Being bigger than the music and using our voice for something that really matters and now is the time more than ever.”

“We just kind of want to take these shows and be thankful that we’re all here,” Hubbard said. “That we get to play music and kind of use that to give back and help the people that are struggling right now.”

Red Cross volunteers stood in front of the venue collecting donations by hand. They said they’ve seen a lot of generosity in the form of dollar bills but even 20, or 50 dollar bills.

“It’s so humbling to see the outpouring from the people it really is,” said Red Cross volunteer Karen Dudley.

Even the youngest fans have been opening up their hearts for Harvey relief.

Six-year-old Kylie Vodvarka used her savings from a weekend lemonade stand to donate to Harvey victims.

The band hopes their songs reach the victims in Texas thousands of miles away.

“We really are playing for Texas these next two nights,” said BK. “More than just money, our spirits, our hearts, our minds, we’re going to be singing straight to them, lifting them up.”