WAXAHACHIE — Now that flood waters have receded, residents in southeast Texas are beginning the long process of rebuilding lives and communities shattered by Hurricane Harvey.
To help ease that burden, the Willow Creek Wedding and Event Venue is hosting a concert and dinner on Tuesday. The event will take place from 5-9 p.m. at Willow Creek located 415 S. Westmoreland Road in Waxahachie.
“Michelle Randal is one of our event planners. She is actually from Lumberton. She moved here about a year and a half ago from there and that is where her family and friends are. Whenever the hurricane hit that hit close to her,” Willow Creek Co-Founder Shayna Byers said. “She came to me and said, ‘I got this idea for this event could we use your space.’ I said, ‘I think that would be amazing.’ So basically we are all pulling our strengths together to raise money and raise funds.”
According to the FEMA website, more than 33,800 people have sought refuge in more than 240 Red Cross and partner shelters in Texas. Six shelters are also open in Louisiana serving another 450 people.
Byers stated that funds raised would support the efforts of the Southern Baptist Convention of Texas, Southeast Texas first responders, and Classrooms of the Golden triangle.
“Hey, Guys! Southeast Texas is my hometown and it was the hardest hit by flooding from Hurricane Harvey. A lot of the relief efforts have specifically targeted Houston and surrounding areas, but SETX is two hours East of Houston and they need help as well! So this concert is going to be raising funds for their rebuild, supplies for the shelters and other needs,” Randall posted on her business page, Michelle Randall Events, on Sept. 1. “We are looking for auction items for our silent auction as well as any vendors that want to participate. This concert will be amazing thanks to Jason Ashley and his friends and if you haven't had an opportunity to see the beautiful venue of Willow Creek Wedding and Event Venue and meet their team, this is a perfect opportunity. Thank you, everyone!”
Doors for the event open at 5 p.m. The first concert featuring country music artist Jason Ashley will take place at 6 p.m. and the second at 8 p.m. Scottie Stice, who is the head of SBCT’s disaster relief ministry, will address the audience about how their donations will help at 7 p.m. The event will also feature a silent auction and food will be available for purchase.
“We are going to have food set up outside on the pavilion. Food sales, ticket sales, the live auction and everything are going to be going to the fund,” explained. “ We are going to have some T-shirts for sale that say ‘Texas Strong.’”
Byers stated that this event provides a lot of opportunities for many people to help to make a huge impact.
Tickets can be purchased in advance at www.eventbrite.com by searching on the site using the keyword Jason Ashley. Advance tickets are $10 and $15 at the door. The Texas Strong T-shirts will be sold for $20 each. The Willow Creek Wedding and Event Venue is located at 415 S. Westmoreland Road in Waxahachie.