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Springfield Rebuilding Together Fundraiser Set for July 26

Rebuilding Together Springfield will hold a fundraiser for families affected by the tornado and severe weather that damaged Springfield and Western Massachusetts in early June.

Rebuilding Together Springfield, a non-profit organization dedicated to helping low-income families affected by June severe weather disasters in Springfield, MA, will hold a fundraiser at the Basketball Hall of Fame on Tuesday, July 26.

A $20 ticket gets attendees two hours of appetizers, entertainment, cash bar access, a raffle and a silent auction at Max's Tavern at the Basketball Hall of Fame at 1000 West Columbus Ave. in Springfield from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. Money raised from the event will go towards reconstruction efforts.

As organizations like FEMA and the Red Cross provided immediate assistance after the disasterous effects of June's severe weather, including tornadoes, in Springfield and the surrounding area, Rebuilding Together focuses on long-term efforts to restore and rebuild homes for low-income families in the area.

Rebuilding Together's goal is to let families return to homes that are safe and stable.

"With your support, we will be able to reconstruct homes for low-income families impacted by this storm, so they may live in an affordable and preserved home, years after the wreckage has disappeared," a press release from the organization said.

Suffield residents and organizations have been active in the rebuilding efforts, with the Lily House bed and breakfast offering a "staycation" package as part of the auction and Suffield High School students volunteering in the rebuilding efforts.

Other auction items include an autographed Boston Celtics Paul Pierce jersey and autographed pictures of former Boston Red Sox star Jim Rice, former New England Patriot linebacker Tedy Bruschi and current Boston Bruins Zdeno Chara and Tim Thomas.

Major sponsors for the fundraiser include the Connecticut Alliance for Business Opportunities, a LGBT and LGBT-ally focused chamber of commerce, Max's Tavern and TD Bank.

For more information and to RSVP for the event, call the Rebuilding Together office at 413-788-0014. Also check out the group's Facebook page and its Web site.

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