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“BAMA RISING: A BENEFIT CONCERT FOR ALABAMA TORNADO RECOVERY” LAUNCHES ONLINE CHARITY AUCTION, ENCOURAGES FANS TO DONATE VIA TEXT
 
VIP ticket packages still available for the Tuesday, June 14th event!
 
Super group ALABAMA to host event featuring an all star lineup of talent 
 
NASHVILLE,TN - (June 3, 2011) – In an effort to increase fundraising for the Bama Rising tornado relief fund,“BAMA RISING: A Benefit Concert for Alabama Tornado Recovery,” presented by Verizon, will launch an online auction featuring several celebrity experiences, event tickets and exclusive items. VIP packages are still available through Ticketmaster for the June 14th benefit being held at the Birmingham-Jefferson Convention Complex (BJCC).
 
Beginning June 7, bid on meet-and-greets with top artists such as Martina McBride and Alan Jackson as well as tickets to the 2012 Super Bowl and much more. The online auction, available at leading charity auction site charitybuzz at www.charitybuzz.com/bamarising, will launch at 11 a.m. CST Tuesday, June 7 and run through 11 a.m. CST Thursday, June 16.
 
In addition, BAMA RISING encourages fans to donate $10 to the Bama Rising Fund by texting “BAMA” to 501501. Text messaging rates will apply, and the $10 donation will be added to the donor’s cell phone bill.
 
The Bama Rising Fund has been established at the Community Foundation of Greater Birmingham to support long-term recovery statewide in the wake of the April 2011 tornadoes that devastated Alabama. 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.
 
A limited number of VIP packages are still available to BAMA RISING, with all sales benefitting the Bama Rising Fund. The concert, set for Tuesday, June 14th at the BJCC Arena, will feature performances by ALABAMA, who is spearheading the event, Brad Paisley, Sara Evans, Sheryl Crow and numerous other artists. See below for a list of performers and special guests who have been confirmed to date. For more information on VIP packages, go towww.bamarising.org.
Bama Rising is presented by Red Mountain Entertainment and AEG Live/The Messina Group.
 
“BAMA RISING” 
 
Confirmed performers (in alphabetical order):
ALABAMA
Rodney Atkins
Dierks Bentley
Bo Bice
Luke Bryan
Sheryl Crow
Sara Evans
Taylor Hicks
Little Big Town
Martina McBride
Montgomery Gentry
David Nail
Jake Owen
Brad Paisley
Kellie Pickler
Darius Rucker
Ashton Shepherd
 
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About The Community Foundation of Greater Birmingham:
The Community Foundation of Greater Birmingham is the oldest and largest community foundation in Alabama, dedicated to driving positive change through grants, leveraging donor giving to meet community needs, and works with other organizations to collaborate and bring resources together. The Community Foundation has experience in distributing donations in previous disasters, including tornadoes in 1998 and 2002 and following the evacuation of survivors of Hurricane Katrina survivors to the Birmingham area in 2005. For more information, go towww.foundationbirmingham.org
 
About ALABAMA (the group):
With a career to date that has resulted in 21 Gold, Platinum and multi-Platinum albums, 42 number one singles and over 73 million records sold, ALABAMA has received over 150 industry awards including 8 country music "Entertainer of the Year" honors, 2 Grammys, 2 People's Choice Awards and their very own star on the "Hollywood Walk of Fame." The band most recently received the Academy of Country Music's Pioneer Award in 2003 and was inducted into the Country Music Hall of Fame in 2005. Members Randy Owen, Teddy Gentry, and Jeff Cook all hail from Ft. Payne, ALABAMA and have enjoyed more than 30 years of unprecedented success. 
 
About charitybuzz:
A leader in cause marketing, charitybuzz ( www.charitybuzz.com) aligns nonprofits with international brands and celebrity icons to raise funds through innovative online auctions. Featuring pop culture experiences, VIP events, luxury travel, fine art, couture fashion, coveted internships and sports memorabilia, charitybuzz brings its online community of upscale, socially conscious bidders exclusive opportunities to truly doGOOD and liveWELL. Charitybuzz generated $25 million in 2010 for charities around the globe. To learn more, please visit www.charitybuzz.com, email  info@charitybuzz.com, fan us on facebook at  www.facebook.com/charitybuzz or follow us on twitter at  www.twitter.com/charitybuzz.

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