Friends, family are 'Jammin for Jeff'

October 14, 2004|JENNIFER BRUMMETT

Friends and family of Jeff Wilson have rallied around the local hairstylist and organized a benefit that will be held Oct. 23.

Shane White, one of the organizers for the event, said a lot of local folks jumped at the chance to help Wilson, who was partially paralyzed in a traffic accident over the summer.

"A lot of it, probably, is a credit to Jeff," White explained. "He has been in the community for a long time and has a large family and a lot of friends.

"He has a big personality, and everyone certainly hated to see him go through this accident.

"We knew he would need help with some medical bills," he added. "He's a hairstylist by trade, and the accident prohibits him from doing that."


The Oct. 23 event primarily is a night of music, White noted, with several bands volunteering their time and talent to the cause. Bands on tap to perform include Net'Work, dance/R&B; Little South, country/Southern rock; and Shane White and the Acoustic All-Stars, Americana.

Silent and live auctions also are part of the evening's events, with donations from artists Stephen Rolfe Powell and Paul Sirimongkhon, as well as packages from the Norton Center for the Arts, Lowe's, a limousine service, University of Kentucky basketball, and Old Bridge Golf Course up for grabs to the highest bidder.

A bank account is set up at Farmers National Bank, into which all funds raised for Wilson are going, White said.

"The money is basically going for just living expenses, and medication and medical supplies," he said, adding re-fitting work at Wilson's home to accommodate the wheelchair is part of the living expenses.

Donations will be accepted the evening of the benefit, and other interested in giving can drop by Farmers and make a contribution.

Two Roads Cafe is providing the food for the event, White added. Wilson is expected to attend.

"He's overwhelmed with the outpouring of support from the community," White noted. "He's at home now and doing a lot of therapy. He's trying to gain some upper body movement, mostly some motor skills with his hands. That's the focus of his therapy right now."

If you go:

The "Jammin’ for Jeff" benefit for Jeff Wilson will be held 7 p.m.-midnight on Oct. 23 at Danville Convention Center. Cost: $20/advance, $25/door. Tickets are available at Two Roads Cafe and from friends/family of Wilson.

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