On June 25th, 2016 my father succumbed to cancer. It was an overwhelming time in my life, I was at a loss and for lack of a better expression, wanted to turn myself inside-out.
I decided to take all if the negative energy I was feeling and try to do something good with it. And trust me, it was not out of strength or goodwill; it was out of necessity. With some very good friends at my side we came up with the idea of the “Rock and Roll Black Tie” and the musicians and the community at large jumped in to help.
But the most amazing thing was the event itself, to me it felt like a changing of the guard. I suppose as a man in the twilight of his youth I look around and see my peers have moved from jobs to careers, houses are getting paid off, kids are growing up. Our parents spoke to us of the importance of community and here we are coming together, putting our best foot forward in the name of community.
It was so amazing to me to see people making so many bids and rallying for a cause that…….well at least in my experience, didn’t seem important until I needed it and helping us raise a grand total of $19,628 for Hospice Huntsville.
We are back to do it all over again on October 14th, 2017!! I’ll see you then if not before.