The RISE Center, which is a part of the UA College of Human Environmental Sciences, provides services for children with disabilities as well as their typically developing peers, spanning from eight weeks to five years of age.

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Marking its 20th year, the annual BUY for RISE fundraiser at the University of Alabama RISE Center is set to take place on October 27 and 28. The event will showcase a wide range of discounted products, including clothing and home décor, sourced from numerous local retailers.


‘BUY for RISE' Benefits

The BUY for RISE event stands as the school's second-largest annual fundraiser, with the funds raised playing a crucial role in supporting the various programs offered by the school.

The center provides a comprehensive program and therapeutic playgroup, catering to over 100 children, with more than half of them having special needs, and operating five days a week.

In addition, the inclusive early childhood education program serves as a valuable practicum and internship site for students from UA and other colleges, while also benefiting families within the community.

“For two decades and counting, merchants in the Tuscaloosa community have generously donated to this annual fundraiser,” said Bailey Chambers, assistant director of the RISE Center. “We are thankful for their continued support to make this a successful event. The funds raised from Buy for RISE help ensure that children with special needs receive services at no cost to the family.”

What to Expect

“Brand-new items will be offered at deep discounts during the sale, which raises funds for the RISE Center. Local retailers include Effie’s, JnJ, Lou and Co, Bossi, McStitches Embellished Goods, Woods and Water, Confetti Interiors, Hudson Poole Fine Jewelers, Part Two, The Locker Room, and more,” according to the press release.


The fundraiser begins with a preview party on October 27, during which guests will have the chance to buy items at substantial discounts of up to 75% off the original prices. The event will be held at the RISE Center, located at 600 Johnny Stallings Drive, from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m.

"The preview party on Friday night will include light refreshments, beverages, and music for ticket holders. Tickets will be available in advance for $100 for a golden ticket with a 4:30 p.m. entrance, and $10 for a general admission ticket with a 5 p.m. entrance."

Tickets can be purchased at the RISE Center or online at


“Admission to the general sale on Oct. 28 from 8 a.m. to 11 a.m. is free and items are discounted 90%.”

Click here for details about Buy for Rise.

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