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The Community Foundation of Northeast Alabama is hosting a free benefit event and concert to raise money in order to continue the building efforts of those who were affected by the April 2011 tornados in Alabama. The event will be held in Centre, Alabama which is approximately 1 1/2-2 hours from the Birmingham and Huntsville areas.

SARASOTA, Fla. (Aug. 2, 2011) – The Community Foundation of Northeast Alabama, a nonprofit organization serving a nine-county region, has announced it will host a free public event on Thursday, Aug. 11 at 6 p.m. to benefit its Tornado Recovery Fund. The event, which will be held at the Cherokee Center and Arena in Centre, Ala. located at 801 Cedar Bluff Road, Building A, will include a benefit concert by local party band Tyn Times.

“On April 27, hundreds of thousands of lives were changed by the storms,” said Eula Tatman, interim president and CEO of The Community Foundation of Northeast Alabama. “Immediately following the storms, we established an emergency assistance fund with a focus to rebuild homes in Calhoun, Cherokee, DeKalb, Etowah and Talladega counties.”

While thousands of dollars and volunteer hours have been donated toward restoration efforts, The Community Foundation plans to work on rebuilding homes and lives. Attendees will be able to support the recovery efforts by making online, check or cash donations at the event.

In addition, donations will be matched, dollar-for-dollar by The Patterson Foundation in Sarasota, Fla. At the event, the private foundation will make a special announcement about a challenge gift it will award to The Community Foundation of Northeast Alabama to help inspire Tornado Recovery Fund donations.

“The challenge gift - to inspire philanthropy and generosity - will provide funds to nonprofit agencies, religious organizations and public entities that provide long-term disaster recovery assistance to communities in Northeast Alabama,” said Debra Jacobs, president and CEO of The Patterson Foundation. “We are committed to providing relief during natural and manmade disasters. With this matching challenge, everyone can double their donations and have a greater impact.”

Matching funds will be used to seed a tornado relief fund benefiting Calhoun, Cherokee, DeKalb, Etowah and Talladega counties. All of the funds received will be used to help the Northeast Alabama region recover.

“We encourage everyone in the community to come out, have fun with your family, and support your neighbors in rebuilding Northeast Alabama,” Tatman said.

About The Community Foundation of Northeast Alabama

The Community Foundation of Northeast Alabama is a qualified 501(c)(3) public charity recognized by the Attorney General of Alabama and the Internal Revenue Service. The Foundation assists donors in arranging immediate or deferred charitable gifts. Currently, the Foundation is comprised of over 110 funds totaling more than $25 million and awarding $15 million in grants and scholarships. . For more information, please visit www.yourcommunityfirst.org.

About The Patterson Foundation

The Patterson Foundation exists to inspire others through innovative, collaborative and efficient philanthropy and generosity. The foundation approaches its work through communications, finance, learning and technology, with an emphasis on collaborating with others to leverage resources and create New Realities. For more information, please visit www.ThePattersonFoundation.org.

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