RISE Center Hosts BUY for RISE Sept. 22, 23

Music therapy is just one service provided to students at RISE.

TUSCALOOSA, Ala. — The RISE Center will host the BUY for RISE Charity Sale, its second largest fundraiser, Sept. 22 and 23.

Event attendees will have an opportunity to purchase new items from more than 75 local retailers at significant discounts – 75 percent off lowest marked prices Friday and 90 percent Saturday.

“RISE is able to provide services, such as physical therapy, occupational therapy, speech and language therapy and music therapy, to children with special needs at no cost to the family,” said Bailey Chambers, assistant director.

“We’re able to do that with help from our local community partners, local merchants and those who attend this event. All of the proceeds help RISE continue to provide these vital services to the children who need them.”

Retailers include Gracefully Done, Campus Collection, Barton’s Nursery & Gifts, Hudson Poole Jewelers, Pants Store, Woods and Water, Pure Barre Tuscaloosa and more.

A preview night and silent auction will be held at the school, which is located at 600 Johnny Stallings Drive, from 5 to 8 p.m. Friday, Sept. 22.

The event will be catered by Hoo’s Q and Pastor’s Kitchen. Tickets can be purchased in advance for $10 or for $15 at the door. The event continues with free admission from 8 to 11 a.m. Saturday, Sept. 23.

The RISE Center, a part of the UA College of Human Environmental Sciences, serves children with disabilities and their typically developing peers, from ages 8 weeks to 5 years. The Center serves 84 children, 40 of which have special needs. The children are divided by age among six classes, each with up to 16 students, one teacher and three assistants. The integrated preschool program not only benefits families in the community, it serves as a practicum and internship site for students from UA and other colleges.


Kim Eaton, UA communications, 205-348-8325, kkeaton@ur.ua.edu

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