Rock the Relief IV to aid storm-impacted family
by GREG KAYLOR, Banner Staff Writer
Oct 25, 2012 | 768 views | 0 0 comments | 4 4 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Rebuilding in Bradley County continues after the April 2011 storms, and so do fundraising efforts.

Rock the Relief IV will be held Saturday at a popular local pub.

“Not all was insured for the family ... that we have in mind of helping this time,” said Samantha Young, coordinator for the event to be held at Pokey’s.

A number of supplies have already been purchased, but more is needed, according to Young.

“We aren’t doing this alone. Approximately $10,000 has already been raised to help this family, and a number of individuals are contributing time and money to make this happen,” Young said.

Young explained the family didn’t seek aid.

“This family gave instead of taking. Their home was destroyed as well as many of their belongings. We want to give to them by helping them rebuild their lives,” Young said.

The Bradley County Long-Term Recovery Organization has been aided by many groups, including the Rock the Relief fundraising.

Rock the Relief was a marriage between East Tennessee Disaster Relief — which was formed by Steve Watson and several others — and RTR founder Brian Jackson.

The first fundraiser for ETDR was held one week after the deadly tornado outbreak which killed nine people in Bradley County and caused millions of dollars of damage and destruction to Bradley County and Cleveland homes.

“Time has passed since the tornadoes, but it is important that the rebuilding process is still going and we will continue to have events such as this to help because we care,” Young said.

“In some neighborhoods in our town, we can pass through and still see the destruction the tornadoes caused. There is still a great deal of work going on to help clean up these neighborhoods,” Young said.

RTR IV begins at 4 p.m. Saturday at Pokey’s Sports Bar located on Sahara Drive.

Games and other events will be held as well as musical acts, Hillbilly Sins, Marc Ingram, Bo Runyan, John Truitt and Uke-N-Aja will be playing and donating their time.

For additional information, contact Brian Jackson at 423-544-2020 or visit www.rocktherelieftn.com website.