Opportunity To Give Help

The University of Alabama and United Way of West Alabama will raise funds at Saturday's A-Day football game for disaster relief to aid the citizens of Enterprise, victimized by a tornado on March 1. The City of Enterprise Tornado Relief Fund will consist of donation stations to be set up at 38 points of entry to Bryant-Denny Stadium.

Kickoff for the annual Alabama spring football game is slated for 1:05 p.m. CST. Admission to the game is free.

"This will be a tremendous opportunity to directly help those victimized by the tornado," said Alabama Director of Athletics Mal Moore. "This is a unique opportunity for The University and our supporters to make a difference for people who truly need assistance. I hope our fans will make the most of the opportunity."

Donation stations will be begin taking collections at 11:30 a.m. Saturday and will end at approximately 1 p.m. Those wishing to donate to the fund should do so via personal check or cash at any of the donation stations in the stadium. Checks should payable to United Way of West Alabama designated for the Enterprise Tornado Relief Fund.

Funds collected Saturday will be specifically designated as contributions to the Enterprise Tornado Fund, insuring that all funds raised will go directly to those in need of assistance. After all funds are collected funds will be distributed to those in need. No costs of any kind will be taken out of the funds raised.

The United Way and the Civinettes youth community service organization will join with Terry Saban and the wives of several UA football assistant coaches in the collection of funds on Saturday.

"The United Way of West Alabama is very excited to be a part of A-Day and this fund-raising event," said Homer Butler Jr., executive director of United Way of West Alabama. "We hope it will be a way to make a difference in the lives of those in Enterprise who have been tragically affected by the tornado."

On March 1, a tornado originally classified as an EF3 (Enhanced Fujita) – later reclassified as an EF4 with 170-plus miles per hour winds – destroyed much of the City of Enterprise, killing nine people (eight students and one senior adult).

According to the Office of the Mayor of Enterprise, the storm damaged 1,447 homes, destroying 248 and leaving 379 others uninhabitable. A total of 121 people were hospitalized with tornado-related injuries. Current damage estimates stand at approximately $330 million. At the time of this writing, 3,878 volunteer workers have logged 29,604 volunteer hours of labor to help the citizens of Enterprise.

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