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TUSCALOOSA (Mar. 18, 2013) – Black Ties & Blue Jeans will give guests the chance to mix and match formal and casual dress to create their own signature evening attire for the inaugural Black Tie & Blue Jeans event to be held Saturday, April 6, at the Jemison Mansion (1305 Greensboro Avenue, Tuscaloosa).

Anything goes on this unique, mixed-up night of crazy couture.

“This is a unique event so we thought it would be a lot of fun to give people the option of dressing entirely in formal wear or showing up in their blue jeans or a combination of both,” said CC Thompson, Children's of Alabama Outreach Coordinator. “The main thing is that we want people to be comfortable and have a great time for a great cause.”

Log-A-Load for Kids and The Austin Shepherd Foundation will host the event, which will include the live music of Mojo Trio, outdoor and tailgating games, card games, Bunco, dominoes and a photo shoot room.  The entertainment and events get started at 7 p.m. and feature a silent auction and even a big screen TV so basketball fans won’t miss any NCAA tournament action.

Tickets are $75 per person or $125 per couple and include all food and beverages throughout the night.  Tickets and more information are available online at or by calling 205-887-0447. Funds raised at the event will be split between Log-A Load for Kids and The Austin Shepherd Foundation. Those choosing to dress formally for the event may visit either Tuscaloosa location of Burch & Hatfield to receive a discount on formal wear.

Log-A-Load for Kids is a statewide campaign sponsored by the Alabama Loggers Council and the Alabama Forestry Association. Log-A-Load for Kids unites loggers, landowners, foresters and wood products manufacturers in a common effort to benefit all of Alabama’s critically ill, injured and abused children, regardless of the family’s ability to pay. Since its inception in 1992, Alabama’s Log-A-Load for Kids program has disbursed more than $5.6 million dollars in support of Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals in Alabama. In addition to helping assure the future health and well-being of children, Log A Load for Kids also spotlights the commitment to community service and professionalism of loggers and their forest products industry partners.

At Children’s of Alabama Log-A-Load supports The CHIPS Center, a place where child abuse victims can come for help and healing. The CHIPS Center staff is a team of specially trained clinical counselors, doctors, social workers, and nurses who work with law enforcement, the Department of Human Resources (DHR), and child advocacy center (CAC) representatives to provide the best possible care for children and families traumatized by physical and/or sexual abuse.

Founded by Austin Shepherd, an offensive lineman for the University of Alabama football team, and Jenna King, who lost a sibling to cancer and is herself a recent graduate of UA, the Austin Shepherd Foundation became a 501 (c)(3) non-profit charity in the fall of 2012. All money raised by the Foundation is sent directly to Children’s where it is designated to support the Child Life and the Beads of Courage programs at the state’s only fully pediatric hospital.

The Foundation does more than raise money for the patients at Children's. The organization focuses on bringing love, joy and hope to hospitalized children and their families. Austin Shepherd donates tickets to Crimson Tide football games at Bryant-Denny Stadium to patients and organizes monthly visits to Children’s by Alabama football players who distribute donated gift bags and visit with patients and their families. In the first six months of its existence, the Austin Shepherd Foundation has donated more than $10,000 to Children’s and spent countless hours visiting with patients in the hospital. For more information, please visit

Children’s of Alabama has provided specialized medical care for ill and injured children across the state and throughout the southeastern U.S. since 1911. With more than 2 million square feet, it is the third largest pediatric medical facility in the U.S. Children’s offers inpatient and outpatient services across its Russell Campus on Birmingham’s historic Southside with additional outpatient services provided at Children’s South and Children’s on 3rd. Primary care is provided at more than a dozen medical offices in communities across central Alabama. Children’s of Alabama is the only medical center in Alabama dedicated solely to the care and treatment of children. It is a private, not-for-profit medical center that serves as the primary site of the University of Alabama at Birmingham (UAB) pediatric medicine, surgery, research and residency programs.