Lady Antebellum chose a tornado-wrecked high school in Henryville, Ind. as winner of its "Own the Prom Night" contest. According to the pop-country trio's website, the school was picked because of its "resilience and unity following devastating tornadoes earlier this month." The prize, a 45-minute concert at the school's April 27 prom, won't actually happen as intended because of a scheduling conflict for the band.
"Trust me, we have something bigger in store," Charles Kelly said in a video posted to LadyAntebellum.com. Dave Haywood added, "Mark your calendars for May 16 because we are coming to Henryville. We are going to do something special for the entire community."
The band has instead decided to organize an event for the school's Juniors and Seniors in nearby Louisville, Ky., which will be followed by a benefit for the entire Henryville community.
The building housing Henryville High and other classrooms was heavily damaged during a series of tornadoes that killed 13 people across southern Indiana on March 2.
Throughout the contest, many schools submitted videos urging the band to pick Henryville.
"When we learned about Henryville, we decided maybe we weren't the ones who needed Lady Antebellum to come to our prom," Brandon Dively, 16, a junior at D.C. Everest Senior High School in Weston, Wis., who worked on the student-made video uploaded to YouTube, told the AP. "Their community was destroyed."
The actual prom on April 27 will be held in Jeffersonville, Ind., with donated catering, a free DJ, tuxedo rentals and free prom dresses, according to the Louiville Courier-Journal.