United Family commits first $1,000 to McCartney Tree Project

Provided by The United Family

The United Family announced today that it is providing the initial donation of $1,000 for "The McCartney Oak," to be planted in the Buddy and Maria Elena Holly Plaza, home of the Buddy Holly statue and West Texas Walk of Fame at 19th and Buddy Holly Avenue. The effort is being undertaken to commemorate the historic appearance of music legend Sir Paul McCartney here on June 14 at United Supermarkets Arena.

The Lubbock concert is one of only two Texas stops on McCartney's "Out There" tour. One of two surviving members of The Beatles, McCartney has long professed the impact of Holly on The Beatles' music, and the McCartney Oak is intended to pay homage to Holly's influence and McCartney's historic stop in the Hub City.

"Given proper care, the tree -- like the legacies of McCartney and Holly -- will 'Not Fade Away,'" said longtime Lubbockite Randy Christian, whose suggestion made during the "Citizen's Comments" portion of the May 8 meeting of the Lubbock City Council was the genesis for the effort.

At least $3,000 is needed for the effort, which will include planting of a multi-trunk red oak, concrete bench, drip water line to the tree, and a marker commemorating the event. All contributions are tax-deductible and should be made out to:

Buddy Holly Center McCartney Oak Fund

c/o Happy State Bank

8001 Quaker

Lubbock, TX 79424