It’s been exactly one month since the Bama Rising benefit concert. The Legendary Country Group Alabama spearheaded the event, calling on Country Music’s biggest stars to help raise money for their devastated home state. I caught up with Randy Owen, and he reflected on the concert and the day the storms… changed so many lives in his home town….
Ashley: Randy, you all accomplished so much with The Bama Rising concert… you guys raised 2.2 million dollars for tornado relief…
Randy Owen: This show, I think for the group Alabama, was obviously we were so grateful to all the incredible artists that performed…all the artists that gave...a lot of artists, I’m not sure they want their names mentioned, but they gave money to help produce the show. But it was about bringing awareness and lettin’ the people in Alabama know that there were people that cared about them. And we were just very thrilled at the success of it, but at the same time, it’s a very sad situation.
Ashley: With that kind of money raised, $2.2 million You’re able to help a lot of folks…Where do you start?
Randy: I know that we have some places there in our county that we’re gonna be looking at real closely. Because in our County of DeKalb, we lost 33 people. Not only is it the human tole, but it’s the property tole. We have plans to stick with this for a number of years, months..whatever...it’s not just a one time fix."
The Bama Rising Fund announced yesterday they are awarding $250,000 in grants to rebuild and furnish homes in the devastated communities in Jackson, DeKalb, Marshall and Franklin Counties. And More grants are planned soon as other hard-hit areas of the state become ready to allocate funds for unmet tornado recovery needs.
For more information or to give to Alabama Tornado Relief, go to BamaRising.org or click HERE to learn more about allocated funding.