Recap of Tailgate For Cure 2013


BIRMINGHAM – October heat couldn’t keep the crowds away for the Alabama Institute of Medicine’s (AIM) First Annual Tailgate for Cure Benefit Concert, Saturday, October 12 at the Oak Mountain Amphitheater in Pelham.


More than 500 friends and family attended the charity event which plans to raise at least $10 million before April 2014. Monies raised from this campaign will be used to fund doctors, researchers and facilities for regenerative medicine in Alabama. Gates opened at 11:30 a.m. as the crowd began to enjoy the hot dogs, hamburgers, entertainment, and speakers.

“It’s because of programs like the Alabama Institute of Medicine that the lives of all people in our great state and across the world will have the opportunity to receive advanced medical treatments and hopefully receive cures for disease and injury,” stated music headliner Taylor Hicks.


Tailgate for Cure featured multiple big screens showing SEC football throughout the day and a live radio remote from WJOX. Taylor Hicks headlined the concert with other musical performances including Birmingham-native Sarah Simmons, who starred in the 2013 season of NBC’s The Voice; Tim Hockenberry, a San Francisco-based artist who was a semi-finalist on NBC’s America’s Got Talent; and band Within Reason, winner of the 2013 Grammy Awards’ Gig Of A Lifetime and special musical guest on CW’s One Tree Hill.


Fans had the opportunity to meet the artists and former athletes Marquis Maze, Brandon Gibson, Tyronne King, and Kareem McNeal. Various activities inside the kid zone kept children of all ages entertained throughout the day.

Emcee for the evening, NBC 13’s Jon Paepcke added, “This is a great turnout for a wonderful cause, and I’m looking forward to seeing what’s ahead for the Alabama Institute of Medicine!”


Tory Minus, AIM Vice President, shared information about advances being made each day using stem cell therapies for discovering treatments and cures. Wesley Mindingall, AIM Board of Director, volunteered for the event and was very encouraged to see the support and participation from people across the United States.


The event came to a close around 11 p.m. with lots of smiling faces and laughter making this first annual Tailgate for Cure a true success for the Alabama Institute of Medicine.