The Tua Foundation Announces $93,000 Donation To Tallapoosa County Girls Ranch Mourning Recent Tragedy

August 03, 2021

Tua Speaking

Tuscaloosa, AL (August 3, 2021) – The Tua Foundation announced today the donation of $93,000 to the Tallapoosa County Girls Ranch that will cover funeral expenses for the eight juveniles, ages 4-17, that were lost in a devastating car crash, and also counseling expenses to the girls of the ranch that lost loved ones.

The funds were raised at the Tua Foundation’s first-ever event, “Luau with Tua” at Bryant-Denny Stadium in Tuscaloosa, AL, on June 29, 2021. During the Luau, Tua announced that he would personally match all funds raised for this tragedy, which came to $46,500.

“The support from Tua and the Tua Foundation is such a blessing,” said Alabama Sheriff’s Youth Ranches CEO Michael Smith. “The girls ranches provide homes for so many youth throughout Alabama, and their world was turned upside down after losing their friends and sisters in this tragedy. The young people we care for need help now more than ever, and we’re so appreciative of Tua’s heart and generosity.”

“The generosity of the Alabama community was very moving throughout the entire Luau and my heart goes out to the Tallapoosa County Girls Ranch families, members and staff that are grieving this tragedy,” said Tua Tagovailoa, Tua Foundation Founder & Chairman. “We hope this donation will provide some support and extra care during this difficult time.”

The Tua Luau also benefited two local youth charities: Nick’s Kids, founded by Alabama Football Coach Nick Saban and his wife Terry; and the Boys & Girls Clubs of West Alabama.

About the Tua Foundation

The Tua Foundation is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization dedicated to the support of youth initiatives, health and wellness, and other charitable causes. The Foundation focuses its philanthropic efforts in Alabama, South Florida and Hawai`i. For more updates and information, please visit and follow @TuaFoundation on Instagram, Twitter and Facebook.

About Alabama Sheriff Youth Ranches

The mission of the Ranches is to provide Christian, family-style residential homes for Alabama's needy, neglected, or abused, school-age children in an atmosphere where they may grow spiritually and physically into productive, responsible, and happy adults.