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    SEC Donates $500,000 To University Of Alabama

    BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (May 5, 2011) – The Southeastern Conference will donate $500,000 to the University of Alabama to support its efforts in assisting students, faculty and staff that were adversely impacted by the tornados of April 27.
                   
    “Our hearts go out to all the victims of these recent tornados but especially to our academic colleagues and their students,” said Dr. Bernie Machen, President of the University of Florida and the Southeastern Conference.  “While we compete fiercely in athletics we also support each other fiercely in times of need.  The efforts of the conference and our institutions will help alleviate the effects of this devastating catastrophe.” 

    This contribution will supplement other individual institutional contributions and fundraising efforts.

    “The tornados that went through Tuscaloosa have severely impacted the lives of students, faculty and staff of the University of Alabama, and will continue to do so for months to come,” said SEC Commissioner Mike Slive.  “We express our sympathies and prayers to everyone who has been impacted by this storm and we are pleased to be able to assist in the recovery efforts.”

    SEC fans are encouraged to donate to the University of Alabama’s “UA Acts of Kindness Fund”, which has been established to support an emergency-assistance program for university faculty, staff and students.  A link to donate to the fund can be accessed on the University’s website, www.ua.edu.
                   
    “The University of Alabama is extremely grateful to the Southeastern Conference for this donation,” said Dr. Robert E. Witt, President of the University of Alabama.  “During the past week, it has been heartwarming to see the efforts of so many people support the victims of the tornados.  The University will continue to move forward as a family.”



    University of Alabama Athletics Donates $1 Million for Tornado Relief to Assist UA Students, Faculty and Staff

    TUSCALOOSA, Ala. – The University of Alabama Athletics Department announced today that it is contributing $1 million to the UA Acts of Kindness Fund established by the University to assist students, faculty and staff who were impacted by the April 27 tornado.

    “After looking into several ways to help during this trying time, we have decided to take funds of our own to assist those members of the UA community who are facing very difficult circumstances,” said UA Director of Athletics Mal Moore. “Our ability to help is a direct result of the incredible support of our fan base, whose continued support and enthusiasm makes everything we accomplish possible.”

    “The University of Alabama appreciates this generous gift from our Athletics Department and their commitment to our students, faculty and staff as the University continues to care for those who were impacted by the storm,” said UA President Robert E. Witt. “We appreciate the generosity and compassion of everyone who has donated to the UA Acts of Kindness Fund, and we thank the UA family for their outpouring of support for the relief efforts of the city we call home.  At the end of the day, we are a community united in service to our students, our faculty and staff, our friends and our neighbors. “

    The UA Acts of Kindness Fund was established to support an emergency-assistance program for UA employees and students. Contributions are accepted online: http://bit.ly/uaactsofkindness. More information on UA’s tornado relief efforts may be found at http://www.ua.edu/tornadorelief/.



    Phillips, Harrellson Aid Alabama Relief Efforts

    LEXINGTON, Ky.  - University of Kentucky head football coach Joker Phillips and men's basketball player Josh Harrellson participated in a relief effort for Alabama tornado victims Friday at a Lexington restaurant, Bourbon 'n' Toulouse.

    Phillips greeted customers and fans who stopped by to make donations.  Afterward he helped load food, bottled water, clothes, diapers, cleaning supplies and other items onto a truck.  Harrellson also greeted fans and signed posters to help raise money.

    "Our hearts are with the people of Alabama who have been affected by this tragedy," Phillips said.  "We have a special bond with the students and staff at our sister institution, the University of Alabama, and we're glad to help them."

    "I had a great time this afternoon with Coach Phillips, helping to raise money for the people in Alabama," Harrellson said.  "Coming from the Midwest, I know how devastating these storms can be. I hope and pray that people are able to help out any way they can during this time of need in Tuscaloosa."

    People can participate in the event Friday until 11 p.m. at Bourbon 'n' Toulouse, located at 829 Euclid Avenue.  The restaurant is donating 20 percent of the day's receipts to the American Red Cross.  Financial donations for the Red Cross also are being accepted.  Relief supplies such as food, bottled water and clothing can be donated.  The truckload of supplies will be driven to Tuscaloosa on Saturday.