LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WHAS11) -- In a reception room at the KFC Yum! Center, Henryville High School had their second prom of the year, one that high schools across the country could only dream about. It came from a nightmare.
Award-winning country group Lady Antebellum played a special two song set and offered words of inspiration to Henrvyille Junior-Senior High School's Juniors and Seniors prior to their benefit concert open to the public. The band played for the school because they chose Henryville rival Silver Creek High School's submission to their "Own the Night" prom contest as the winning video entry. Schools from across the country submitted videos on behalf of Henryville.
Lady Antebellum couldn't make Henryville's official prom weeks ago, so they put on a second one with the students at the start of the show. The band received emotional cheers from the students, whose school was destroyed by the March 2 tornado. Plans are underway with construction workers working 24 hours a day to get Henryville High School rebuilt in time for the 2012-2013 school year.
The group, consisting of Charles Kelley, Dave Haywood and Hillary Scott played their mega-hit "Need You Now" and "Dancin' Away With My Heart" before preparing for the concert in front of thousands.
The seven-time Grammy winning trio helped raise more than $285,000 for the Henryville, Ind. community. All proceeds will be distributed through the New Hope/Indiana Bankers Association for the Disaster Relief Fund.
"This event started as an idea we had in the studio last year to crash someones prom," explains Lady A's Hillary Scott. "We had no idea at the time it would fill such a need. We are amazed by the support we've gotten from our fans, sponsors and the press. This is one of the proudest moments in our career!"
The group played the prom part, sporting corsages and a boutonniere and even recalling their own prom memories. Kelley and Haywood grew up together in Evans, Georgia and attended the same prom.
Fans who weren’t able to attend the concert, but would still like to contribute towards the cause can make a donation here.
Click on the video player to see highlights from the prom.
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Click on the video player below for a behind the scenes video from Lady A.