Recovery Fund Tops $15 Million

Following a gala fundraising concert that featured dozens of renowned celebrities and performers this past weekend, leaders of the Mississippi Hurricane Recovery Fund and sponsors of Mississippi Rising announced contributions have exceeded $15 million.

The Fund is a non-profit organization established by Gov. Haley Barbour to serve as a means for corporations, organizations and individuals wishing to donate money to help Mississippians rebuild their communities.

Leaders say the fundraising will continue in the weeks and months ahead. Efforts include an online celebrity auction and Public Service Announcements by participating celebrities.

Monday, five Mississippi Rising posters autographed by participating celebrities at the Gala Concert went on auction through eBay. These posters join articles of clothing, jewelry, and furniture donated by pop idol Britney Spears. Both items can be found on: or through a direct link at

Since going on sale Sunday night, the Britney Spears items have already received over a thousand bids.

“Following the devastation left by Hurricane Katrina, Mississippians have been overwhelmed by the outpouring of support from citizens throughout the nation,” said William T. Richardson, Jr., president and CEO of the Mississippi Hurricane Recovery Fund.

“From the residents of our own great state and countless individuals elsewhere to the corporations and entertainers who have selflessly devoted their time and financial assistance through the Mississippi Rising event, we are forever grateful,” said Gov. Barbour.