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Garth Brooks gives $1 million to Tennessee zoo

NASHVILLE, Tennessee (Reuters) - Country music superstar Garth Brooks donated $1 million to the Nashville Wildlife Park for construction of a children's zoo.

His wife Sandy, who handed over the gift at a ceremony on behalf of the couple and their three children, said, "We're excited about the enjoyment and learning opportunities that a new children's zoo will bring, not just to my children but to literally thousands of children in Nashville and beyond."

The zoo will be named for the late Mae Boren Axton, who co-wrote the Elvis Presley hit "Heartbreak Hotel" and who was a publicist and promoter for many entertainers, including Dolly Parton and Willie Nelson.

Axton died last year. Her son, singer-songwriter Hoyt Axton -- who wrote the Three Dog Night hit "Joy to the World" -- attended the ceremony.

 


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