EVANSVILLE, Ind. (WEHT) Many of the booths at Fall Festival raise money for services and programs provided by non-profit groups. Some booths took time earlier today to raise money for the family of a West Side Nut Club member hurt earlier this week.
Grant Johnson was injured after he fell off a UTV Tuesday evening near the intersection of 12th and Illinois. This afternoon, one booth challenged others here to raise money to help his family get through this difficult time.
“Everyone out here, one common goal is raising money to help their organization or other organizations,” says Scott Schenk of the Outboard Boating Club of Evansville. But for one hour today, several booths helped the family of a man who’s helped them.
“Whenever we needed anything or if it’s his time to walking around, if we needed anything or if we needed help with anything, he’s always there to help us walk through if we have questions, specifics about rules or guidelines,” says Kyle Gorman of the Evansville Rescue Mission.
“His family needs help. That’s what everybody is here for,” adds Schenk. He started the challenge to donate an hour of their profits or to make a donation to the family. Schenk says the club wanted to do whatever it could to help Johnson’s family.
“It could’ve been me. It could’ve been you. If something happened to me, I would hope that somebody would help my wife and family out,” Schenk says.
Johnson suffered a head injury after he fell off the vehicle. Evansville Police say alcohol was not a factor in the accident. Evansville Rescue Mission was among those accepting the challenge. Gorman of the mission says his group wanted to help because Johnson and the club’s helped them.
“You never want to hear something like that happen, but especially when its someone out here trying to make a great event for the city,” he says.
“That is what this community does and that’s what this festival is all about,” Schenk adds.
Schenk says they’ll have a jar at their booth for donations through the rest of the festival.
Some of the participating booths say they raised several hundred dollars each for the family.
(This story was originally published on October 10, 2019)