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08 November 2013
The Toby Keith Foundation to Open Doors to Cost-Free Home for Children with Cancer


OK Kids Korral is located on the Oklahoma Health Center Campus, 818 NE 8th St. in Oklahoma City. Media tours of OK Kids Korral will be available.

"Our whole goal is to provide lodging and peace of mind to children battling cancer. To keep them together, focused on healing and not spending hours commuting or going out of state for treatment," said Executive Director, Juliet Nees-Bright.

"Thank you to all of those people who have supported us over the years," said Keith. "Ten years goes by fast when you are working toward a goal this big." Keith has hosted the Toby Keith and Friends Golf Classic fundraiser annually for the last 10 years. Finally, the dream of the OK Kids Korral opening to provide a home-away-from-home for families fighting childhood cancer is a reality.

The 25,000 sq. ft. state-of-the-art OK Kids Korral has 16 rooms (12 overnight suites that sleep five people and four daytime suites), neutropenic wing for children with weakened immune systems, gourmet kitchen, Oklahoma Route 66 themed indoor play room, Oklahoma themed outdoor playground, game room, a family resource room, laundry room, theater and reflection room.

Creating a true Oklahoma experience, the house features images of icons only found in the Sooner state such as the blue whale from Catoosa and the round barn from Arcadia, as well as a one-of-a kind glass sculpture with Oklahoma's 77 counties, state animals, a schooner and artwork from some of the state's talented artists. "The families staying with us will be under unimaginable pressure. We simply hope that the care and thought we put in the house, brings them a little happiness and peace," continued Nees-Bright. Conveniently located two blocks south of The Children's Hospital at OU Medical Center, it will also house The Toby Keith Foundation's offices.

For more information on OK Kids Korral, how to donate and volunteer to help, please visit www.tobykeithfoundation.org.

OK KIDS KORRAL'S GRAND OPENING EVENT SCHEDULE
Thursday, November 21, 2013
OK Kids Korral Oklahoma Health Center Campus
818 NE 8th St. Oklahoma City, OK 73104
9:30am - Media check-in opens
10:00 - 10:40am - Media tours led by Juliet Nees-Bright, Executive Director of The Toby Keith Foundation
11:00am - Grand opening ceremony begins

Speakers include:
Oklahoma City Mayor Mick Cornett
Terrence Stull, M.D., Chairman, Department of Pediatrics - University of Oklahoma Health Sciences Center
Elijah and Tim Fowler, former pediatric cancer patient and father (Tim donated wood used inside OK Kids Korral.)
Toby Keith

11:30am - open house/tours of OK Kids Korral

About Toby Keith
From his first No. 1 smash "Should've Been A Cowboy" to his latest release "Drinks After Work," Toby Keith has been one of the most consistent self-directed hit makers of his era. From one of his previous collections, Clancy's Tavern, the lead single, "Made In America," topped the charts as one of the fastest rising songs in a long line of chart burners from Keith's pen. The second hit, "Red Solo Cup," has become the most remarkable and commercially successful country single in recent memory with a viral video with more than 22 million views while having topped the top downloaded country songs. His latest single, "Shut Up And Hold On," hails from his current offering.

At the core of Toby's unparalleled success is his songwriting, which has powered an astounding succession of hit songs to the tune of more than 80 million BMI performances on commercial radio stations worldwide. He has been honored by the Nashville Songwriters Association International with its Songwriter/Artist of the Decade distinction, is a three-time BMI Country Songwriter/Artist of the Year and was named the American Country Awards' Artist of the Decade.

His albums have sold more than 37 million copies, ranking him among the top-selling all-genre artists on Billboard's Top 200 Artists of the Decade. Keith is also Billboard's No. 1 Artist of the Decade and No. 1 Country Songwriter of the Decade. His tours, including 2013's Hammer Down Tour, long sponsored by Ford Trucks, have drawn more than one million fans each year for the last decade. His roster of I Love This Bar And Grill restaurants continues to grow, and his signature spirit Wild Shot has become the No. 1 premium mezcal in the U.S. These, among other endeavors, have earned Keith annual recognition from Forbes as one of the very top-earning entertainer/musicians in the world.

But Toby's most rewarding experiences, as exhibited in his continual devotion to them, come from giving back. Whether it's helping sick children and their families in his native Oklahoma through the Toby Keith Foundation or supporting US Troops including USO Tours throughout the world, Keith has never lost touch with the most important things in life.
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