First Lady Obama to Visit Alabama

By: Mary Orndorff Troyan -- Washington Bureau
By: Mary Orndorff Troyan -- Washington Bureau

WASHINGTON -- First lady Michelle Obama returns to Alabama today for an update on tornado recovery and to raise money for President Barack Obama's re-election campaign.

Birmingham Mayor William Bell and U.S. Rep. Terri Sewell, D-Birmingham, will be in Pratt City to brief Obama about the tornado outbreak that killed 250 people last year.

The first lady visited Tuscaloosa with the president two days after the storms and said then that she intended to return to see the progress.

Obama will be meeting with Bell and Sewell at the McAlpine Rec Center in Pratt City, where there is a week-long day camp for children who were affected by the storms.

Camp Noah, run by the Lutheran Social Service of Minnesota, is held specifically to help elementary school-age children "play, process and heal from their disaster experience."

Last month, the U.S. Department of Transportation awarded a $10 million grant for several projects in Birmingham, many of them focused on recovery in Pratt City.

A spokeswoman for Gov. Robert Bentley said no one from the governor's office will participate in the briefing.

Obama also will headline a fundraiser at 6 p.m. at the Sheraton Birmingham downtown for the Obama Victory Fund 2012.

Tickets for the reception start at $200 for general admission, then increase to $500 for the preferred viewing section; $5,000 for a photo opportunity and two preferred viewing tickets; or $30,000, which included a "greet," a photo opportunity and five preferred viewing tickets, according to the campaign website.

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