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The 5-President 'One America Appeal' Concert At Texas A&M Is Already Sold Out


Five stories that have North Texas talking: The One America Appeal concert proves mighty popular; Dallas made the latest cut to host the 2026 FIFA World Cup; L.D. Bell High now has a Nobel connection; and more.

If you meant to get One America Appeal concert tickets after learning that all five living former U.S. presidents will be there, we have some bad news. 

Less than 24 hours after it was announced that all five presidents would attend the event at Texas A&M University's Reed Arena, it sold right the heck out.

That's good news for victims of hurricanes Harvey, Irma and Maria. Ticket sales from Deep from the Heart: One America Appeal on Oct. 21 will go to a variety of charities helping residents and cities with relief efforts.

Those tickets, which fetched up to $300, will get concertgoers in the same arena as Jimmy Carter, George H. W. Bush, Bill Clinton, George W. Bush and Barack Obama — a unique gathering — along with lots of musicians, including Alabama, Lyle Lovett, Robert Earl Keen, Lee Greenwood, Sam Moore, Cassadee Pope, Yolanda Adams, Stephanie Quayle and The Gatlins.

One America Appeal benefits several charities, including the Hurricane Harvey Relief Fund, the Rebuild Texas Fund, the Florida Disaster Fund, Unidos Por Puerto Rico and the Fund for the Virgin Islands.

One America Appeal was originally launched by all five living former U.S. presidents "to encourage their fellow citizens to support recovery efforts from Hurricane Harvey," according to the official website. Their appeal has since been expanded to include areas most affected by Hurricanes Irma and Maria, too.

You might not have been able to score retail tickets to the concert, but you can still donate to the fund — it's even easier to get behind supporting the concept of "One America" in divided times.

Watch the presidents in a promo video:


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  • L.D. Bell Nobel connection: The high school in Hurst now has a Nobel laureate among its alumni. Michael W. Young is one of three recipients of the 2017 Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine for their discoveries of "molecular mechanisms controlling the circadian rhythm." The school district issued a statement: "It’s inspirational for students to see a direct path to the greatest recognitions of the scientific community, starting from the same HEB ISD classrooms they sit in today." Young graduated from L.D. Bell in 1967, according to the Fort Worth Star-Telegram.

  • Sign of the times: The City of Dallas Office of Emergency Management offers this quick, visual guide on how to stop a bleeding wound until help arrives. [@DallasOEM on Twitter]

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