PCI Gaming Authority, the commercial gaming business owned by the Poarch Band of Creek Indians, today announced its sponsorship of a "Bama Rising" benefit concert to assist people devastated by the tornado that ravaged northern Alabama on April 27.
Held Tuesday, June 14, "BAMA RISING: A Benefit Concert for Alabama Tornado Recovery," will feature performances by country music stars and bands, including headliner ALABAMA, Brad Paisley, Sara Evans and Sheryl Crow, amongst others, at Birmingham's BJCC Arena. Check out the full lineup.
PCI Gaming is donating $100,000 toward the concert effort, which is also hosted by Verizon and other corporate sponsors.
"We have had hurricanes come through our part of the state, and we know how long it takes to rebuild," the tribe's chairman Buford L. Rolin said in a statement. "We want to continue to be of assistance to our neighbors in northern Alabama in the weeks and months ahead. This is not a task that can be completed easily or quickly."
"All of us wanted to do something to help the folks up around Birmingham who have lost so much," said Keith Martin, chairman of the PCI Gaming Board. "This concert is a show of generosity by so many—all the artists who have donated their time and talent—and we want to show our support for their efforts and do what we can to make this benefit a big success."
On May 6, the Poarch Band of Creek Indians donated a total of $500,000 to relief efforts. The Tribe gave $100,000 to Governor Bentley's Relief Fund, and it gave $50,000 to both the Tuscaloosa and the Birmingham Chapters of the American Red Cross. An additional $300,000 was put into the Poarch Band of Creek Indians Emergency Relief fund to address local needs in the affected areas.
"Since the tornado hit, we have been looking at ways we can be of service," said Jay Dorris, PCI Gaming's president and chief executive offer. "This benefit offered us a way to help doing what we do best—provide great entertainment, good food to the folks who come to the concert, and a monetary donation, as well. We are thrilled to be part of this effort."
PCI Gaming is also donating its acclaimed culinary expertise to the fund-raising event. Chef Stafford DeCambra, corporate executive chef at Wind Creek and a gold-medal winner in the prestigious Culinary Olympics in Erfurt, Germany, which pits the world's top chefs against each other in a variety of categories. Chef DeCambra will travel with a "gourmet army" of his kitchen staff to Birmingham where they will offer "Sweet Gems from a Four-Diamond Resort" on the arena's concourse.
Concert-goers will be able to sample the bite-sized pastries and desserts in exchange for a donation to "Bama Rising."
"This event shows what is best about our state," reflected Chairman Rolin. "It is important that we all come together when times are hard. 'Bama Rising' is focused on helping our neighbors, and it is an effort that we are proud to support."