Foundation Increases Alabama Tornado Relief Match to $50K

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Matched dollars will be used for permanent rebuild in Northeast Alabama

Brick steps and a flower bed remain intact at this tornado-demolished home in Jacksonville, Ala.

This community cares for one another. It is our intent that the $50,000 be used to help them begin to rebuild with purpose and hope.

The Patterson Foundation announced Wednesday that it will increase its commitment to match donations made through The JOY FM’s “Gift Cards for Alabama” drive to $50,000, benefiting communities in rural Calhoun County, Ala., where at least 500 homes* were destroyed by the April tornadoes. Matched funds will be used for permanent rebuilding efforts.

The increase was announced during a special community worship service at The First Baptist Church of Williams in Jacksonville, Ala.

“The outpouring of generosity and success of the initial $33,000 match inspired us to increase our commitment,” said Debra Jacobs, president and CEO of The Patterson Foundation in Sarasota, Fla. “This community cares for one another. It is our intent that the $50,000 will give a boost to the local economy and help them begin to rebuild with purpose and hope.”

In early May, The Patterson Foundation – to inspire philanthropy and generosity – partnered with The JOY FM in Florida and committed to match up to $33,000 in donations received from listeners throughout the Florida’s West Coast.

About The Patterson Foundation
The Patterson Foundation exists to inspire others through innovative, collaborative and efficient philanthropy. The foundation approaches its work through communications, finance, learning and technology, with an emphasis on collaborating with others to leverage resources and create New Realities. For more information, please visit

  • According to the Calhoun County Emergency Management Agency


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