Musical benefit to assist Matthews family raises $10K
Longtime Central Texas favorites Crash Landing headlined benefit with (from left) Doc Shuffield, Rick Vail, Paul Brown, Rick Turnpaugh, Doug Hoelscher, Keith Kelln. (Not pictured, keyboardist John Houston.) Reporter/Ken Esten Cooke
A benefit to help kidney patient Linda Matthews raised $10,400 as friends, family and musicians came together on Sunday at the Knights of Columbus Hall.
“It was a great turnout,” husband Ricky said Monday from Scott & White Hospital where Linda was receiving treatment. “We were really pleased and we appreciate everyone’s support. This will allow us to get caught up on some bills.”
Johnnie Dempsky teamed with Bailey’s Auction House to run an auction to a crowd of about 200. Food was also served and was sold out by 1:30 p.m.
Bluesadillo opened the afternoon’s music, followed by the ‘70s rock group Crash Landing, featuring local Donald “Doc” Shuffield.
Linda Matthews, with friend Paul Brown, was grateful for support.
Ricky Matthews sat in on guitar with his former group The Shades, along with Rockdalian Robert Flores, Bruce Bray and saxophonist Paul Brown.
The event also featured face painting and massage therapy by Michelle Shuffield.
Matthews, whose story was profiled in last week’s Reporter,
suffers from renal disease and must receive dialysis treatments three times each week. Proceeds will be used to pay medical bills.
An account in Matthews’ name has been set up at Rockdale Federal Credit Union for those wishing to make donations.
Matthews gets a laugh watching granddaughters Hannah Garza and Jayla Gonzales.
Wayne Bailey (L) of Bailey’s Auction House and Johnnie Dempsky help out with auction services.
Ricky Matthews (center), husband of Linda and guitar slinger, performed with “Shades” bandmates Bruce Bray and Robert Flores.