TAB to host benefit for tornado relief

Earlier this year The Alabama Baptist staff was excited to host several evenings of music and entertainment at our Servant/Leadership Appreciation Night events held across the state.

Now another evening of entertainment is planned Aug. 2 from 6 to 8 p.m., at Providence Baptist Church, Opelika, in Tuskegee Lee Baptist Association. 

The same great lineup of comedy, music and illusion is planned for the event, but this time the focus is to provide encouragement and financial help to those whose lives were changed forever by the March 3 tornadoes that struck the Beauregard and Smiths Station communities in Lee County. 

Still work to be done

Twenty-three people were killed that day and hundreds were left homeless. In the aftermath volunteers staged out of Providence Baptist, where Rusty Sowell is pastor.

Bill King, associational mission strategist for Tuskegee Lee Association, said people in Lee County are making progress, but there is still a lot of work to be done. 

(To learn more about how you or your church or organization can help financially or by volunteering in cleanup and building projects, see King’s article “How you can help the hurting” in Your Voice.)

The TAB benefit night is another way you can help those recovering from the damage of the tornadoes. 

Donations will be taken at the door, and all proceeds will be used by Providence Baptist to help with the recovery and rebuilding efforts taking place across the county. 

Thanks to Walmart for leading the way with a $1,000 donation.

Doors open at 5:15 p.m. No reservations are necessary. The event is family-friendly for all ages. 

Lineup of entertainers:

  • Pianist Frank Jones
  • Illusionist David Garrard
  • Comedian Mickey Bell
  • Gospel trio New Ground
  • Comedian Aaron Wilburn

Bell said the evening will be a time to enjoy fellowship and encouragement with one another in a “fun and relaxed way” following months of cleanup. (TAB)