Locals come together to help raise money for the Wildfire Memorial Benefit

Locals come together to help raise money for the Wildfire Memorial Benefit
Tragedy swept through the Panhandle in early March leaving a trail of misfortune, loss and sadness.
But the community quickly stepped in to help those who were affected.
For weeks, local folks and organizations have put on fundraisers and events, and on Sunday, March 26, 2017, the community raised money through music at the Golden Light Cafe.

"Im a big supporter of our community and there was such tragic loss and I wanted to do anything that I could to help these families. Its expected, because its just what we do. This whole Panhandle is that way. We support each other and we try to help each other out when we need it," said Golden Light Owner Angela Corpening.

Corpening said even though Golden Light hosted the event, she couldnt take all the credit. The brains behind it all was local musician Jason Hodges.

Hodges said when he saw the families who lost their loved ones to the fires, he knew that he had to do something.
After a couple weeks of planning, phone calls, and support the Wildfire Memorial Benefit was born.

"Everyone that called was willing to help, local businesses, local artists, the Golden Light and Angela gave us the bar and the staff all for free. She is giving proceeds from the restaurant," he said.
Hodges said in times of need, the people of Amarillo come together and that's how Sunday's event was made possible. 

"To be able to call your friends, call people in your phone not in your email, not finding people you dont know but calling your actual friends and making something like this happen so easily can make a difference. Thats all it's about," said Hodges.

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