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Keith's OK Kids Korral holds opening

Thursday, November 21, 2013 – Toby Keith led the way in the grand opening of the OK Kids Korral grand opening ceremony last Thursday.

The Oklahoma City residence is for parents and children dealing with cancer. Keith was instrumental in helping fund the project.

"OK Kids Korral is like Ritz Carlton meets Disney World and I couldn't be more excited to open the doors to children with cancer," said Keith.

Executive Director, Juliet Nees-Bright said, "It was a group effort. On any given day, we had five construction contractors working while furniture was being installed. It felt like it took a small army, but because we all worked together, we got it done."

The 25,000 square foot Korral has 16 rooms (12 overnight suites that sleep five people and four daytime suites), neutropenic wing for children with weakened immune systems, gourmet kitchen, Oklahoma Route 66 indoor play room, Oklahoma themed outdoor playground, game room, family resource room, laundry room, theater and reflection room.

The house features icons only found in the Sooner state such as a blue whale from Catoosa, the round barn from Arcadia, a one-of-a kind glass sculpture with Oklahoma's 77 counties, state animals, a schooner and artwork from some of the state's talented artists.

"Every decision about the house was made with our guests in mind. We hope the Korral brings comfort and a smile to those who need it the most," said Nees-Bright.

Located two blocks south of The Children's Hospital at OU Medical Center, the home also house The Toby Keith Foundation's offices.

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