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Barons boost tornado recovery through season-long auction

June 10, 2011

Baseball fans can be proud of our Birmingham Barons, who are supporting tornado relief all season long by hosting auctions of baseball memorabilia at every Friday and Saturday night home game.

Items come from professional baseball organizations across the country responding to the Barons’ call for help.

“The overwhelming support the baseball community has offered by donating all of these items for the auctions is incredible,” said Barons General Manager Jonathan Nelson. “So many Major and Minor League Baseball teams have not only contributed multiple items but the quality and unique variety of auction items should help us raise money for those affected by the tragedy on April 27.”

You can check out all the items available on the team’s website under the Community tool bar in the top right corner. And check the Barons’ schedule for home games.

This idea should be a real home run for tornado survivors and will help us all keep the recovery effort in mind.


Bama football stars boost Bama Rising Fund for tornado recovery

June 9, 2011

Former University of Alabama football favorites and current NFL players Javier Arenas, Mike Johnson and John Parker Wilson will sign autographs and join fans for photographs, all in the cause of raising funds for tornado recovery. Join them at the Wildwood Verizon store at 225 State Farm Parkway in Birmingham from 4 to 6 p.m. on Saturday, June 11, for this special opportunity.

Many thanks to Verizon, the presenting sponsor for the Bama Rising benefit concert on June 14, for this additional chance to be part of supporting the Bama Rising Fund at the Community Foundation, which will support statewide tornado recovery.

“When we heard word of this amazing concert, we reached out to Verizon to find out if there was anything we could do to help,” Wilson said. “We are challenging Alabama fans across the state to show their support for ongoing recovery efforts by coming out and giving what they can to the cause – no donation too big or too small.”

All three players also will appear on Friday from 6 to 8 p.m. at the Jones Valley Verizon store at 2762 Carl T. Jones Drive Southeast in Huntsville and on Saturday from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the McFarland Verizon store at 2340 McFarland Boulevard East in Tuscaloosa.

At all three locations, you can also enter a drawing for two tickets to the Bama Rising concert, which sold out general Admission tickets in less than an hour. You can give by cash or check, made out to the Community Foundation. Credit card donations can be made through an online DONATE button at the concert website, or you can text “BAMA” to 501501 to donate $10 (a charge to your cell phone bill. Message and data rates may apply.).

Ghostbusters fan group uses movie and auction to help tornado recovery across Alabama

June 8, 2011

Brock Parker, head of Alabama Ghostbusters, had a great question — could this statewide costuming and fan group use a benefit showing of “Ghostbusters 2” at the Alabama Theatre on July 30 to raise money for tornado relief in Alabama?

We said yes and thank you for this creative way to keep the focus on the long-term needs of tornado survivors across our state.

In addition to ticket sales, Alabama Ghostbusters will raise money for recovery efforts through a special auction starting the week before the show. Click here to find out more about the show and the fundraising effort which will support the Alabama Tornado Recovery Fund of the Community Foundation.

Alabama Ghostbusters use the phrase Geeks for Good. As far as the Community Foundation is concerned, this is another great way to give back to an on-going need.

Charity auction adds to recovery resources in Bama Rising Fund

June 7, 2011

The creative minds behind the BAMA RISING benefit concert are offering an on-line auction to raise even more much-needed resources for Alabama tornado recovery. In addition to VIP packages still available through Ticketmaster for the June 14 benefit the Birmingham-Jefferson Convention Complex, the auction offers everyone the chance to bid on meet-and-greets with top artists such as Martina McBride and Alan Jackson, tickets to the 2012 Super Bowl and much more.

Check out what’s available for the auction, which wlil run through June 16.

You can also give directly in an amount to this fund, established at the Community Foundation, through an on-line connection or text “BAMA” to 501501 for a $10 donation (text messaging rates apply, and the $10 donation will be added to the donor’s cell phone bill).

Swiss gift for Bama Rising Fund

June 6, 2011

Concerns for the people of Alabama are spreading across the globe. As proof, We recently received a gift to the Bama Rising Fund of the Community Foundation from Isabelle Alonso in Aesch, Switzerland.

Who can track the path from the great ideas of so many generous celebrities about giving back to help people in Alabama? We’re just glad the word is spreading and look forward to putting all these great gifts to work in devastated communities across our state.

Thank you, Isabelle. Thank you, everyone! See you next week at the Bama Rising show or on-line at the celebrity auction.

Charity poker tournament benefits Alabama tornado recovery

June 6, 2011

An annual healthcare conference organized by Houlihan Lokey of Chicago resulted in a gift to the Alabama Tornado Recovery Fund, thanks to one of the winners of a charity poker tournament.

Maurice Arbelaez of Medical Properties Trust was one of the tournament winners and chose this Community Foundation fund for statewide tornado relief as the charity to benefit. Added to that was a gift from Patrick Hurst, head of the Healthcare Group at Houlihan Lokey.

From Texas Hold ‘Em to Alabama recovery — a great way to bring in more than $7,700 to help tornado survivors across our state rebuild their lives. Thanks to Maurice and Patrick, to Houlihan Lokey and to Medical Properties Trust, which made the first major gift of $100,000 to the Alabama Tornado Recovery Fund back in May and has influenced so many others to give as well.

Now what’s YOUR great idea to give back to local and statewide needs of tornado survivors? It’s great to be part of something so much greater than any of us can do alone.

Red Pepper supports tornado survivors with One for Y’all T-shirts

June 5, 2011

One for Y’all is the creative cry of Red Pepper ad agency staff members who wanted to use their time and talents to help survivors of the April 27 tornadoes that devastated Alabama. They have designed very cool T-shirts that are available on-line at a cost of $20 each, plus tax and handling.

Why do they care? Art director Rachael Schendel’s mother and father-in-law live in Cullman, copywriter Joy Sarnacke’s parents live in Woodstock and graphic designer Katie de Souzaborn was raised in Alabama and graduated from Auburn University. They also remember the flooding that hit Nashville so hard in 2010.

We are pleased they choose to send net proceeds to the Community Foundation’s Alabama Tornado Recovery Fund (which meets needs throughout the state) and to the United Way of Cullman County.

Click here to see the selection or if you’re a retail outlet and would like to sell these in your store, e-mail to find out more.

Keep an eye on the great ideas coming out of One for Y’all which now offers a “Fixin’ Dixie” shirt to help people across the South through the Salvation Army Disaster Relief fund. And thank you, Red Pepper!

P.S. We’ve already got our shirts!