Many area fundraisers are spiraling out of the needs still present nearly a month after tornadoes stormed through the area destroying buildings and lives.
Comedy Catch co-owner Michael Alfano is partnering with the Evitt Foundation to raise funds for residents affected by the Ringgold tornado through a Comedy Catch Comic Relief benefit May 25 at 7:30 p.m. Admission for ages 18 and up is $15.
The following day, the Rock and Rebuild concert will sound off at the Ringgold Depot from 6 to 8 p.m. Admission is free, but spectators are asked to bring a nonperishable food item to donate. Donation checks should be made payable to the Chattanooga Red Cross.
"There's nothing like forgetting your troubles and problems and everyone bonding together," said Alfano. "It's proven that laughter heals. There are a lot of people hurting in the area. All proceeds will go to help our neighbors directly impacted by the tornado."
Rock and Rebuild organizers are still looking for bands, singers and dancers and child performers. At least one bluegrass band will perform, but event organizer Lanette Young said she hopes to have more.
Her children, Connor, 9, Tyler, 9, and Ashley, 7, came up with the idea for the benefit along with their friends the Fisher brothers, Caleb, 9, and Austin, 8. To learn more about the concert contact Young at firstname.lastname@example.org or visit the Rock and Rebuild Facebook page.
Music will also be mixed into the benefit at the Comedy Catch, which will feature three shows in one, including four headliners, six up-and coming-acts and music.
"The moment I posted that I was doing a tornado function, ESPN's Nick Bosanto wanted to emcee it," said Alfano. "Our big headliners for the event are Cousin Ricky Peardon, Big Eddie Caylor, Steve Mingola and Tim Murray."
He is working with McCracken 'Ken' Poston, who recommended the Evitt Foundation, as a partner. Alfano said Poston is spearheading relief in Ringgold, and funds to help citizens are channeled through the Evitt Foundation.
• The Comedy Catch, at 3224 Brainerd Road, can be reached at 629-2233. The Evitt Foundation can be found online for more details here.