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 to www.bamarising.org.
Confirmed performers (in alphabetical order):
Little Big Town