The Great Tornado

$674,530 of $1.0M goal

Raised by 11,786 people in 1 month
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Sama Mondeh
on behalf of Sama Mondeh
 TALLADEGA, AL
Thank you for your donations. The Talladega College Band Trip to participate in the Inaugural parade in Washington was a great success.

The Go Fund Me Campaign is still left open for band scholarship assistance.

Thank You for your continued support and donations to the fund,
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DL Foster
1 month ago

@Renita Rhodes we all know what shuckin and jivin is. Its a racial slur you used against this AFRICAN AMERICAN band because you hate Trump and probably white people too. So you already discredited yourself as a fool. More aptly a fool in a crab barrel. Go somewhere and get to work raising money for a cause YOU believe in and stop trying to be somebody's personal God. You didn't die for nobody and nobody has to do anything to please you. We out!

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DL Foster
1 month ago

@Vani Dani Bee So what? WE DO! Nobody heard a word from you until now. So get your lazy alumnas self up and RAISE SOME MONEY to fix all the issues you cited. You cant tell people what to do with their own money. How ignorant is that? We're not "seeking money from an administration". This is called Go Fund Me. People give their OWN money for a cause they want to. Just like if you put up a page and outlined your issues maybe somebody would give you some money for it. Don't waste your time training to rain on this band's parade. They are going. They are going to be outstanding and we are going to pay for it!

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Bob Wagner
1 month ago

My face may not look like a friend of Talladega to some but my heart is and that is what counts.

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Alan Jenkins
1 month ago

From the College's own board of trustees: Talladega College is dedicated to producing well rounded leaders who think independently, who are self-assured, and who are committed to intellectual growth and service to their community. What a great opportunity and honor to go to the inauguration. Rather than following the echo chamber that social media has become or bowing to pressure from those that want you to conform to their beliefs, take the advice of your board of trustees and think independently. People who embrace diversity sometimes tend to do so only if it agrees with his or her perceptions. You have an excellent opportunity to expand your perceptions and use this as an occasion to become more well rounded. Set the example for others to follow. Yes, I made a donation. As a former marching band member and Alabama native, I wouldn't want this likely once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to be lost to these young people.

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Pam Coffman
1 month ago

I gave a donation, just to spite Renita, because obviously she won't support her school. I'm proud to help these kids have a once in a life time experience. Don't make it more than it is, Renita.

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Nick Rose
1 month ago

WOW Fox News and its supporters come through with the love...Where was CNN MSNBC with the help? I gave because when I was in my high school band we had to make our money to travel and through generous donation we were able to participate in the Macy's Day Parade.

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Paula McKee
1 month ago

Dear Renita, I am a 66 year old white woman who went door to door in an all white neighborhood in 1963 at age 13 to ask for signatures on a petition to pass the civil rights act. My own family had their prejudices. I think primarily because they had not been exposed to people of color. They didn't want to hurt anyone. I took my religion seriously and believed in equality. It was a philosophical endeavor. When I was 17 and had an opportunity to spend the day with an inner city black child, we took a trolley to the city. It was 1967 I drew the stares not only of white folks, but black folks alike. Neither race seemed welcoming. To my shame I hid in a movie theater with the child until it was time to meet my mother for lunch before she went to work. My Mom took the little girls' hand and we walked to lunch. My Mother didn't care about the people around us. I realized what a hypocrite I was and took stock of myself. That was a real turning point in knowing myself, looking at my prejudices and cowardice and making a decision to change all that. Over the years I have enjoyed friendships with people of all colors, backgrounds, religions, etc. I raised my family to respect all people, and I didn't freak out when people outside of our race were dated or befriended. I tell you this because people can make choices not to hate, not to divide, and not to cause hurt. Please don't demean the fine marching band by implying that they are lowering themselves to entertain whites. Don't demean people who want to expand their living experiences. I don't know if you have been hurt, but please try to choose tolerance over racial division. Don't waste your life being angry. It is too short. Be an activist, but a committed loving one. Respect the fact that people can have opinions other than yours, as they hopefully will respect yours. I wish you only the best.

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Charlene Albertson
1 month ago

Renits, sad your so angry and hateful. This is exactly our county's number 1 problem, it would be wonderful to really have intelligent discourse based in facts and not emotion but it's like, when a mind is mad, made up there is no fixing anything. You are part of the problem, further more this is not where you despairage this wonderful performing group!

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Gus Nevarez
1 month ago

Kimberly Hill, You state that only ignorant Trump supporters are donating. I beg to differ, but can only respond with MY "credentials", as I don't know the others who've posted support. I am an immigrant from Mexico who grew up with 8 siblings supported by a laborer father and a stay at home mom. I have a doctorate from The University of California, San Francisco, and I know lot of history, including how Talladega was started. Pres elect Trump said some dumb things during the campaign, but I am taking him at his word, until he doesn't live up to it, that he will strive to help the inner city with a different approach than the failed Democrat party one that has been tried and failed for decades. As a christian, I believe that we are all children of God, and I therefore support all people, and will help Blacks in need where I am aware of the need and can help. I believe that the great majority of the people that voted for Trump did it for reasons other than the hate you ascribe to them. For example, as an Immigrant, I support stopping illegal immigration because I believe it's bad for our country, not because Im racist against other Mexicans. Are blacks who voted for Trump Racists? Hateful?

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Angi Stamm
1 month ago

Sorry you guys are getting pressure not to go. I didn't put pressure on people to not attend or perform at Obamas celebration. This is a once in a lifetime experience, take it, make the best of it and be part of the peaceful tradition of the transitioning of presidents. You may just enjoy yourself. Safe travels.

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Larry Sloan
1 month ago

Renita, I don't give a damn about shucking and jiving, i gave a contribution to give these kids an important experience and to reward Dr. Hawkins for his courage. Important things you apparently didn't learn.

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Jane Marie Howard
1 month ago

What some of the naysayers don't seem to grasp is that the band director sent an application to march in the parade weeks before the election - you know, when a Hillary victory was assured. The band can't help that Trump won, but should they be denied a place on the national stage because he did? Some of these kids have probably never been out of the state and now they have a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to play for AMERICA. Stop raining on their parade.

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Judi Arg
1 month ago

Renita, you're so wrong!!! You need to follow your dream without unmerited anger. I'm praying for you.

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Chelsea Nichols
1 month ago

Renita and Vani, what a shame that you can't be proud of "your" college. They have apparently worked hard to get where they are & it's an honor to be asked to perform at the inauguration. To say that this goes against what "your" college was founded upon, is IGNORANT. How are we as a nation supposed to overcome racist hatred, when people like you can't let it go!!!!! I get it that you're proud of your ancestry and black history, but damn quit with the hatred and divide!!!!

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Jennie T Lofton
1 month ago

I am very excited even though I can only leave a small donation ( single Mom of Two) for this exceptional band to visit my hometown!I grew up in the Washington DC metro area, so I am spoiled in all that DC has to offer its nearby residents. I hope that this band will be able to spend a few days visiting the awesome and inspiring museums and monuments. I am proud that the University President, Billy Hawkins has decided to do what is best for his students and not bow to public pressure. I got a lot of flack because I am Hispanic and voted for Trump. Go Tornados!!!!

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Sarah Wolle
1 month ago

I can't donate, but I can send prayers to God for your emotional, spiritual, physical, and financial stenth and support!! God Bless You!!!

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Janet Griffin
1 month ago

Music unites the masses. You are inspiring! I am looking forward to seeing your performance. Thank you for being adults. Let the haters hate while the rest of us come together for the good of our country.

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Leslie Nelson Martin
1 month ago

What a hateful racist Renita Rhodes is.

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Kari Slay Carr
1 month ago

What exactly is a public university's "target market"? Who is "they"? I absolutely enjoy ALL kinds of entertainment. That does include "shuckin' and jivin'" also. I wasn't aware that "shuckin' and jivin'" belonged to only one race of people. SMH... Shameful.

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Valerie Heidel Fillingham
1 month ago

Be part of history and leave your own political agendas at home. We will be looking for you. Have fun

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$674,530 of $1.0M goal

Raised by 11,786 people in 1 month
Created January 3, 2017
SM
Sama Mondeh  
on behalf of Sama Mondeh
$20
Anonymous
7 days ago
SN
$50
Sherrie N.
8 days ago

Thank you for your performance!

ES
$10
Elaine Stoudt
15 days ago

Thank you so much for performing at President Trump's inauguration. I really appreciate your sportsmanship and showmanship. Elaine Stoudt

AN
$100
Angela Nolfi
16 days ago
SB
$50
Sharon Barnabei
16 days ago

Best of luck in all future endeavors.

$25
Anonymous
17 days ago
MT
$25
Michael Toso
23 days ago
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PC
$100
Pat Coppolecchia
24 days ago
1
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For all the brave members of the band or it's leaders, I believe you were all exemplary ambassadors on behalf of your college.

$50
Anonymous
24 days ago
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1
PS
$25
Peter Shtompil
25 days ago

Congratulations! All the best!

DL Foster
1 month ago

@Renita Rhodes we all know what shuckin and jivin is. Its a racial slur you used against this AFRICAN AMERICAN band because you hate Trump and probably white people too. So you already discredited yourself as a fool. More aptly a fool in a crab barrel. Go somewhere and get to work raising money for a cause YOU believe in and stop trying to be somebody's personal God. You didn't die for nobody and nobody has to do anything to please you. We out!

+ Read More
DL Foster
1 month ago

@Vani Dani Bee So what? WE DO! Nobody heard a word from you until now. So get your lazy alumnas self up and RAISE SOME MONEY to fix all the issues you cited. You cant tell people what to do with their own money. How ignorant is that? We're not "seeking money from an administration". This is called Go Fund Me. People give their OWN money for a cause they want to. Just like if you put up a page and outlined your issues maybe somebody would give you some money for it. Don't waste your time training to rain on this band's parade. They are going. They are going to be outstanding and we are going to pay for it!

+ Read More
Bob Wagner
1 month ago

My face may not look like a friend of Talladega to some but my heart is and that is what counts.

+ Read More
Alan Jenkins
1 month ago

From the College's own board of trustees: Talladega College is dedicated to producing well rounded leaders who think independently, who are self-assured, and who are committed to intellectual growth and service to their community. What a great opportunity and honor to go to the inauguration. Rather than following the echo chamber that social media has become or bowing to pressure from those that want you to conform to their beliefs, take the advice of your board of trustees and think independently. People who embrace diversity sometimes tend to do so only if it agrees with his or her perceptions. You have an excellent opportunity to expand your perceptions and use this as an occasion to become more well rounded. Set the example for others to follow. Yes, I made a donation. As a former marching band member and Alabama native, I wouldn't want this likely once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to be lost to these young people.

+ Read More
Pam Coffman
1 month ago

I gave a donation, just to spite Renita, because obviously she won't support her school. I'm proud to help these kids have a once in a life time experience. Don't make it more than it is, Renita.

+ Read More
Nick Rose
1 month ago

WOW Fox News and its supporters come through with the love...Where was CNN MSNBC with the help? I gave because when I was in my high school band we had to make our money to travel and through generous donation we were able to participate in the Macy's Day Parade.

+ Read More
Paula McKee
1 month ago

Dear Renita, I am a 66 year old white woman who went door to door in an all white neighborhood in 1963 at age 13 to ask for signatures on a petition to pass the civil rights act. My own family had their prejudices. I think primarily because they had not been exposed to people of color. They didn't want to hurt anyone. I took my religion seriously and believed in equality. It was a philosophical endeavor. When I was 17 and had an opportunity to spend the day with an inner city black child, we took a trolley to the city. It was 1967 I drew the stares not only of white folks, but black folks alike. Neither race seemed welcoming. To my shame I hid in a movie theater with the child until it was time to meet my mother for lunch before she went to work. My Mom took the little girls' hand and we walked to lunch. My Mother didn't care about the people around us. I realized what a hypocrite I was and took stock of myself. That was a real turning point in knowing myself, looking at my prejudices and cowardice and making a decision to change all that. Over the years I have enjoyed friendships with people of all colors, backgrounds, religions, etc. I raised my family to respect all people, and I didn't freak out when people outside of our race were dated or befriended. I tell you this because people can make choices not to hate, not to divide, and not to cause hurt. Please don't demean the fine marching band by implying that they are lowering themselves to entertain whites. Don't demean people who want to expand their living experiences. I don't know if you have been hurt, but please try to choose tolerance over racial division. Don't waste your life being angry. It is too short. Be an activist, but a committed loving one. Respect the fact that people can have opinions other than yours, as they hopefully will respect yours. I wish you only the best.

+ Read More
Charlene Albertson
1 month ago

Renits, sad your so angry and hateful. This is exactly our county's number 1 problem, it would be wonderful to really have intelligent discourse based in facts and not emotion but it's like, when a mind is mad, made up there is no fixing anything. You are part of the problem, further more this is not where you despairage this wonderful performing group!

+ Read More
Gus Nevarez
1 month ago

Kimberly Hill, You state that only ignorant Trump supporters are donating. I beg to differ, but can only respond with MY "credentials", as I don't know the others who've posted support. I am an immigrant from Mexico who grew up with 8 siblings supported by a laborer father and a stay at home mom. I have a doctorate from The University of California, San Francisco, and I know lot of history, including how Talladega was started. Pres elect Trump said some dumb things during the campaign, but I am taking him at his word, until he doesn't live up to it, that he will strive to help the inner city with a different approach than the failed Democrat party one that has been tried and failed for decades. As a christian, I believe that we are all children of God, and I therefore support all people, and will help Blacks in need where I am aware of the need and can help. I believe that the great majority of the people that voted for Trump did it for reasons other than the hate you ascribe to them. For example, as an Immigrant, I support stopping illegal immigration because I believe it's bad for our country, not because Im racist against other Mexicans. Are blacks who voted for Trump Racists? Hateful?

+ Read More
Angi Stamm
1 month ago

Sorry you guys are getting pressure not to go. I didn't put pressure on people to not attend or perform at Obamas celebration. This is a once in a lifetime experience, take it, make the best of it and be part of the peaceful tradition of the transitioning of presidents. You may just enjoy yourself. Safe travels.

+ Read More
Larry Sloan
1 month ago

Renita, I don't give a damn about shucking and jiving, i gave a contribution to give these kids an important experience and to reward Dr. Hawkins for his courage. Important things you apparently didn't learn.

+ Read More
Jane Marie Howard
1 month ago

What some of the naysayers don't seem to grasp is that the band director sent an application to march in the parade weeks before the election - you know, when a Hillary victory was assured. The band can't help that Trump won, but should they be denied a place on the national stage because he did? Some of these kids have probably never been out of the state and now they have a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to play for AMERICA. Stop raining on their parade.

+ Read More
Judi Arg
1 month ago

Renita, you're so wrong!!! You need to follow your dream without unmerited anger. I'm praying for you.

+ Read More
Chelsea Nichols
1 month ago

Renita and Vani, what a shame that you can't be proud of "your" college. They have apparently worked hard to get where they are & it's an honor to be asked to perform at the inauguration. To say that this goes against what "your" college was founded upon, is IGNORANT. How are we as a nation supposed to overcome racist hatred, when people like you can't let it go!!!!! I get it that you're proud of your ancestry and black history, but damn quit with the hatred and divide!!!!

+ Read More
Jennie T Lofton
1 month ago

I am very excited even though I can only leave a small donation ( single Mom of Two) for this exceptional band to visit my hometown!I grew up in the Washington DC metro area, so I am spoiled in all that DC has to offer its nearby residents. I hope that this band will be able to spend a few days visiting the awesome and inspiring museums and monuments. I am proud that the University President, Billy Hawkins has decided to do what is best for his students and not bow to public pressure. I got a lot of flack because I am Hispanic and voted for Trump. Go Tornados!!!!

+ Read More
Sarah Wolle
1 month ago

I can't donate, but I can send prayers to God for your emotional, spiritual, physical, and financial stenth and support!! God Bless You!!!

+ Read More
Janet Griffin
1 month ago

Music unites the masses. You are inspiring! I am looking forward to seeing your performance. Thank you for being adults. Let the haters hate while the rest of us come together for the good of our country.

+ Read More
Leslie Nelson Martin
1 month ago

What a hateful racist Renita Rhodes is.

+ Read More
Kari Slay Carr
1 month ago

What exactly is a public university's "target market"? Who is "they"? I absolutely enjoy ALL kinds of entertainment. That does include "shuckin' and jivin'" also. I wasn't aware that "shuckin' and jivin'" belonged to only one race of people. SMH... Shameful.

+ Read More
Valerie Heidel Fillingham
1 month ago

Be part of history and leave your own political agendas at home. We will be looking for you. Have fun

+ Read More
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