Healing Community Gives Back After Tragedy

Published 02/07 2014 10:49PM

Updated 02/07 2014 10:53PM

One week later, family and friends continue to mourn the loss of the nine lives lost in a Muhlenberg County fire. In light of the tragedy, community members find a way to come together, raising money for a good cause.

Several local bands and community members all gathered at the Fraternal Order of Eagles, in Central City, for the fundraiser. It's a way for the town to heal together, and remember the Watson family.

Healing through music, dancing, and community. "Sometimes it takes events like this to draw the community together, but when it does, it's a magical thing." A community holds a benefit concert in light of their tragedy. "We cant do a whole lot to give back, but this is one of the few things that we can do, and we enjoy doing." After about a week of mourning, musicians like, William Heady, strike up a song. They raise the community's spirit, and raise money for the nine lives lost in a devastating Muhlenberg County house fire. "That's the thing about music, it's a wonderful gift, and you get everybody in the community involved. It's just a medium that ties everyone together," says Heady.

"We are just very proud to be a part of this, and able to have it here at our establishment." Fraternal Order of Eagle's members like, Matthew Green, say their organization's motto has always been 'people helping people.' When local bands like 'Wyld Syde,' wanted to give back, the Eagles opened their doors to the idea. "This is what we are proud to do is help," says Heady.

After a week of grievance, people like, Bonnie Hill, say it's nice to see people begin to smile again. "This is a place in our county that gives people something to do, for people to enjoy themselves and honor people," says Hill.

Music, food, and fun, and ll proceeds from the event will go directly to the Watson family fund, and help to welcome home the two members of the Watson family who survived the fire. "I love them, and they can come home and be all right, because we are going to try and help them all the way."

Several area restaurants donated food for the event. The Eagles say over twenty bands offered to play for the event.

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