NORMAN, Okla. — Some of country music's biggest stars, including Garth Brooks, Toby Keith and many others with ties to Oklahoma, played a sold-out show Saturday at the University of Oklahoma to raise money for the victims of the recent tornadoes that strafed the state.

Organizers of the concert, which was held in the school's Gaylord Family-Oklahoma Memorial Stadium, estimated that nearly 65,000 people braved the searing heat to watch the show and show their support for the victims, the Tulsa World reported ( ). http://bit.ly/12NCAvn

The money raised from ticket sales benefits the United Way of Central Oklahoma, which established a fund to aid victims of the May storms that killed dozens of people.

A separate benefit concert last month hosted by Oklahoma native country music star Blake Shelton raised more than $6 million in donations and pledges.

Saturday's concert was organized by Keith, who was still playing to a packed house seven hours into the show.

Brooks, who was the biggest draw, took to the stage Saturday afternoon to a rousing ovation.

"Today the healing begins," said Brooks.

Brooks played "Two of a Kind, Workin' on a Full House" and "Papa Loved Mama." His wife, Trisha Yearwood, joined him for a duet, "In Another's Eyes."

"God bless you, Oklahoma!" Yearwood yelled, according to the World.

Some concertgoers said their experiences with tornadoes or someone affected by the recent storms drew them to the fund-raising event.

Marie Carter, a physician whose office is in Oklahoma City, said she watched helplessly as a twister moved through Moore, coming within a half-mile of her own home.

"It was very scary for a lot of us," Carter said, according to the World. "We've been out there helping our friends, digging through the rubble, and because we're so close, we've had a lot of patients come in who lost everything who have symptoms of PTSD. It's almost surreal, but we wanted to come out and support this cause."

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Information from: Tulsa World, http://www.tulsaworld.com

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  • Cars that were damaged by a tornado in parking lot at Canadian Valley Technical Center on State Highway 66, west of Banner Road, Friday May 31, 2013 in El Reno, Okla. (AP Photo/The Oklahoman, Jim Beckel)

  • Overturned trucks block a frontage road off I-40 just east of 81 in El Reno, Okla., after a tornado moved through the area on Friday, May 31, 2013. (AP Photo/The Oklahoman, Jim Beckel)

  • A traffic light rests on the street on E K Gaylord and Reno in Oklahoma City after a storm moves through the area in Oklahoma City, Friday, May 31, 2013. (AP Photo/The Oklahoman, Bryan Terry)

  • Vehicles trapped by flash flooding sit underneath I-235 at NW 23rd in Oklahoma City, Friday, May 31, 2013. Severe thunderstorms brought tornadoes, high winds, heavy rain and hail to central Oklahoma on Friday. (AP Photo/The Oklahoman, Nate Billings)

  • A man on a motorcycle drives through flood water on Western Ave. at NW 5th Street in Oklahoma City on Friday, May 31, 2013. (AP Photo/Alonzo Adams)

  • Westbound traffic on I-44 at Linclon Blvd. drives through flood water on I-44 after a thunderstorm goes through Oklahoma City on Friday, May 31, 2013. (AP Photo/Alonzo Adams)

  • Westbound traffic on I-44 at Linclon Blvd. drives through flood water on I-44 after a thunderstorm goes through Oklahoma City on Friday, May 31, 2013. (AP Photo/Alonzo Adams)

  • A truck squeezes past an overturned tractor-trailer on I-40 west of Banner Rd. Friday, May 31, 2013 in El Reno, Okla. (AP Photo/The Oklahoman, Jim Beckel)

  • Vehicles pass through a flooded intersection in downtown Oklahoma City after severe weather passed through, on Friday, May 31, 2013. (AP Photo/Nick Oxford)

  • An overturned semitrailer rests on its side on the eastbound lanes of Interstate 40, just east of El Reno, Okla., after a reported tornado touched down, Friday, May 31, 2013. (AP Photo/The Omaha World-Herald, Chris Machian)

  • Parts of Oklahoma City experience extreme flooding after multiple tornado's passed through Central Okla. on Friday May 31, 2013 in Oklahoma City. (AP Photo/Nick Oxford)

  • A tornado touches down near El Reno, Okla., Friday, May 31, 2013, causing damage to structures and injuring travelers on Interstate 40. (AP Photo/The Omaha World-Herald, Chris Machian)

  • People stop traffic to help one of several loose horses across I-40 just east of 81 in El Reno, Okla., after a tornado moved through the area on Friday, May 31, 2013. (AP Photo/The Oklahoman, Jim Beckel)