Community rallies behind Jimmy Fender

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 By Rene’ Moore


The fundraiser for Jimmy Fender was held at Willards Restaurant & Lounge last Saturday.

Fender was seriously injured in early March after a tire came off a vehicle and bounced over a chain link fence at his shop, Absolute Auto Body. He has since been recovering but unable to work.

Despite the inclement weather, the fundraiser had an incredible turn out with well over 500 people attending and enjoying the day’s festivities. 

The day began with the Hired Guns Band and the revving of the engine of Jimmy’s mud truck being driven in by some of his friends.  They had all come together to complete the mud truck and surprise Jimmy with it at the benefit. 

 Jimmy had been working on getting the truck running for the past few years.  The benefit continued with raffles and auctions that were held throughout the afternoon, while music from the FireCreek Band entertained the crowd well into the evening hours. 

Dinner was served by “Do Right Cooking” and a bounce house was set up to help entertain the children.  

At the end of the day the total amount raised was well over $6,400! 

We would like to say thank you to everyone who came out to help support Jimmy Fender, everyone who volunteered their time and all the people and businesses that donated items and monies toward it. It never would have happened without you.  It’s wonderful to know we live in a community that cares so much about each other, and it’s amazing what we can do when great people connect for a great cause.