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Jonna Chizik’s Charity Turning Tornado Trash Into Art For Fundraiser

Jonna Chizik and Kristi Malzahn volunteering with Samaritan's Purse in Haiti.

Thanks to Jonna Chizik, one man’s trash is about to be another man’s treasure… and a chance for both to get back on their feet.

The Chizik Family’s newly formed YouTurn Foundation, Inc. is holding a fundraiser to benefit families directly affected by the tornadoes that struck Dadeville and the Lake Martin area on April 27. The Tornado Trash2Treasure Art Gala is a live and silent auction of 30 pieces of art created from found objects among the tornado debris.

It’s the most unique fundraising idea for Alabama’s tornado disaster relief efforts we’ve heard about; the Lord’s creative like that.

“God inspired the vision for the ‘Tornado Trash2Treasure’ fundraiser during my multiple trips to the Dadeville area after the tornadoes,” said Chizik, wife of Auburn head coach Gene Chizik, in a press release.  “While helping residents clean up from the devastation, we found valuable pieces of furniture and household collectibles on the side of the road that were once someone’s treasure but were now considered trash.  With consent from the homeowners and area officials, we recovered the ‘tornado trash’ and we’ve partnered with more than 50 talented veteran and inspiring artists from throughout the state who are transforming these pieces into new ‘treasures’ for others to enjoy.”

The event will be held Thursday, October 13 from 6 to 9 p.m. at the Event Center in downtown Opelika and will include performances by Martha’s Trouble, Tim Chambliss of KiddBlue and the apparently musically-inclined Tim Jackson, Auburn’s associate athletics director. Tickets are $75 each and can be purchased beginning Sept. 1 at www.allinforyouturn.com.

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