Downstairs will host fundraiser for Junior Richard
Last August, local guitarist, bandleader, producer and sound mixer Junior Richard was involved in an automobile accident.
Richard was apparently at a full stop when his SUV was broadsided by another vehicle that was traveling at a high rate of speed, according to reports.
Richard’s SUV rolled five times.
The driver of the other vehicle fled the scene and, to date, hasn’t been caught or even identified, which means Richard, who runs sound for Mountain Town Music, is stuck with ambulance and medical bills, as well as dealing with loss of property.
To alleviate those costs, Downstairs, 625 Main St., and Mountain Town Music will present Help a Local in Need: A Benefit for Junior, on Friday, Oct. 17. The event will begin at 8 p.m.
Seth Hill, who co-owns Downstairs with his wife Amanda, said the first thought they had when they heard about Richard’s accident was if he was OK. The next was how Richard was going to pay the bills.
So they decided to host a fundraiser.
"We wanted to do anything to help Junior, especially when we heard that he had racked up more than $10,000 in medical bills," Hill told The Park Record. "Junior is lucky to be alive. He really is."
The event will feature live music by Broken Silence and Citizen Noise Exchange, according to Hill.
"We will also have a DJ — DJ Dolph — who will spin some beats between the bands," he said.
In addition to the music, there will be a silent auction and various opportunity drawings announced throughout the night.
"Silent auctions have done well for us in past fundraisers, so we decided to do one again," Hill explained. "Anyone who comes through the door will pay a cover that will go directly to Junior’s cause. We will also collect any additional donations for him as well."
Some of the items offered in the auction include a year of free landscaping from Mountain Miners Landscaping, five private-training sessions from Rebecca Roberts at the Sweat Shop, gift certificates from Flanagan’s on Main and a stay at the River’s Edge at Deer Park.
"We are still accepting donations for the silent auction," Hill said. "We’ll accept donations until the afternoon of the event."
Silent auction and opportunity-drawing donations can be made by contacting Amanda via email at Amanda@downstairs.com or by calling 435-565-4770 .
"We will stop serving drinks at 1 a.m. and will probably stay open until 1:30 a.m.," Hill said. "I assume the silent auction will be held much earlier than that."
Also, if people want to donate, but can’t attend the event, they can do so online by visiting http://www.gofundme.com/junior-hitandrun .
The Hills have known Richard for 14 years.
"My wife Amanda and I first met him when we first moved to town in 2000," Hill said. "He’s such a great guy and has done so much for this community over the years, let alone for myself, my wife and our business.
"He’s not only been a good friend but also an employee at times and is as genuine a person I’ve every met," Hill continued. "He is one of the most stand-up individuals that I have ever met."
Richard not only runs sound for Mountain Town Music during the summer, but also is instrumental in organizing various music festivals including the three-day Keetley Music Festival at River’s Edge that was held last August, a few days before the accident.
"I can think of many occasions where he’s helped so many different people throughout the town." Hill said. "I know he’s touched a lot of people and I feel it’s our time for us to help a brother in need.
"We hope that Park City will come out and support Junior, because our community is so amazing to help people in their times of need," he said. "This is a great reason to come out and support Junior and help him through this tough time."
Downstairs, 625 Main St., and Mountain Town Music will host Help a Local in Need: A Benefit for Junior, on Friday, Oct. 17. The event will begin at 8 p.m. For more information, visit http://www.downstairs.com , To donate, visit http://www.gofundme.com/junior-hitandrun .
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