When Devin Robberson heard that Chase Molton was injured in a car accident recently, he did something that shows what is unique about the local community. Chase had worked at Stockyards Feed and Grain in the past, but with him now hospitalized, the community came together to help. Robber says of his initial efforts, “I thought if we could just make $1,500 or so, it could help the family. I reached out to some of my friends, knowing this was our window to help.” With numerous contacts locally and in the music industry, Robberson put together an evening that will long be remembered. Even 99.9 KTCS got on board and did a live interview promoting the event.
Staff started donating their time to work the event, and musicians came from all around to provide entertainment as the line to get into Stockyards last Tuesday night was out the door till 9 p.m., but nobody was complaining. The room was packed with people there to enjoy the evening and help a local family. A silent auction ran in the back and included a variety of items, including original art, signed memorabilia and books, and even some special cinnamon rolls from just up the road at County Line Schools.
Robberson not only has friends in the music industry but his friends that own local establishments have also joined in. Max Philmon, who owns MJ’s Bar and Grill, closed for the evening and encouraged everyone to attend the event. He will be hosting a BBQ cook-off in May that will include music in the evening to contribute to the event. Jack Faulkner, the owner of East End in Paris, has also set up a fundraiser, hosting a cornhole tournament in May.
When all was done, it was a late evening and a lot of sore feet and backs, but the crew at Stockyards Feed and Grain far exceeded the expectations of the night. When the final tally came in, $11,428 had been raised. Donations can still be made through an account set up at First National Bank of Paris.