BRISTOL, Tenn. – Tornado Athletics and the King Student-Athlete Advisory Committee held a fundraiser to generate aid for those people devastated by the effects of Hurricane Sandy. The event was held during King’s men’s basketball exhibition contest against UVA-Wise on Tuesday night. King students, faculty, and staff plus fans helped raise over $350 and brought in various supplies to be donated to the American Red Cross.
The event, co-sponsored by Tornado Athletics and the King Student-Athlete Advisory Committee (SAAC), officially raised $357.70 in monetary donations and brought in emergency supplies and nonperishable food items including bottled water, canned food, pasta, and various household items. All items and donations will be handed over to the American Red Cross in Bristol, Va. to be forwarded to the Hurricane Sandy relief efforts.
“We thought it was successful,” said the president of SAAC and King swimmer Kelsey Copeland. “We had several people tell us that they were glad we were doing it. I was blown away that we raised as much money as we did. I wasn’t expecting it, but it shows that people are truly generous to others in a time of need.”
Hurricane Sandy hit the United States eastern shores and the Northeast last week and displaced thousands of families from their homes, destroyed property, homes and even took lives with the severity of the storm. Estimates of the damage caused are well over $10 billion and rising as the cleanup effort continues.
Tornado Athletics and SAAC would like to thank all those that so generously gave to the cause in an effort to make a difference and help those affected by the tragedy. Special thanks also go to those that helped promote and staff the event.