â€˜Bama Risingâ€™ Raises Over $2.1 Million
June 23, 2011 at 6:38 AM (PT)
"BAMA RISING: A Benefit Concert for ALABAMA Tornado Recovery” entertained a sold-out crowd, TUESDAY, JUNE 14th at BJCC ARENA in BIRMINGHAM, AL, The event raised over $2.1 million which will be used for tornado recovery through the BAMA RISING FUND OF THE COMMUNITY FOUNDATION OF GREATER BIRMINGHAM.
More than 13,000 fans enjoyed music from 19 different acts including Country music’s RODNEY ATKINS, DIERKS BENTLEY, BO BICE, LUKE BRYAN, SHERYL CROW, SARA EVANS, TAYLOR HICKS, LITTLE BIG TOWN, MONTGOMERY GENTRY, MARTINA McBRIDE, DAVID NAIL, JAKE OWEN, BRAD PAISLEY, KELLIE PICKLER, DARIUS RUCKER, ASHTON SHEPHERD, and ALABAMA, who headlined the event.
KATIE NIELSEN, of the COMMUNITY FOUNDATION OF GREATER said, “We are thrilled at the total shared today by the organizers of BAMA RISING. This is phenomenal for our citizens. We look forward to working as part of the advisory committee for the BAMA RISING FUND in distributing these dollars to support tornado survivors across our state as they rebuild their lives. As part of our overall efforts in tornado recovery locally and across ALABAMA, we have already been working with existing and new LONG TERM RECOVERY COMMITTEES in every affected county to gain on-the-ground information about what is needed.”
The BAMA RISING FUND has been established at the COMMUNITY FOUNDATION OF GREATER BIRMINGHAM to support long-term recovery statewide. Decisions about how to deploy BAMA RISING concert proceeds and gifts to the BAMA RISING FUND will be made by an advisory committee including representatives of the artists, promoters and the COMMUNITY FOUNDATION.
For more info on BAMA RISING visit, www.bamarising.org.