Pictured L-R: Mike Vojticek, Von Braun Center Assistant Director; Kirk Giles, Huntsville Police Chief; Josh Bleidt, Concerts 4 A Cause; Nancy Jones; Randy Sutton, The Wounded Blue; Tommy Battle, Huntsville Mayor; Steve Maples, Von Braun Center Executive Director.
Nancy Jones, widow of the late George Jones, in partnership with Concerts 4 A Cause, The Wounded Blue, and the Von Braun Center (VBC) presented a fundraising check on Wednesday, July 19, to benefit the family of Officer Garrett Crumby following his death and Officer Albert Morin who was critically injured in a shooting on Tuesday, March 28.
Upon hearing of the shooting, Jones immediately wanted to utilize the high-profile tribute concert, Still Playin' Possum: Music & Memories of George Jones, planned for April 25, 2023, to honor her late husband and her connections within the music industry to raise money in support of both officers and their families. Guitars autographed by Brad Paisley, Trace Adkins, Wynonna, Dierks Bentley, The Oak Ridge Boys, Travis Tritt, Tanya Tucker, Jelly Roll, and many others were sold through the fundraiser. Additionally, a pair of front-row tickets to the concert were auctioned off with support provided by 93.3 NASH Icon.
"I am beyond thankful for the friendships I have with so many artists who agreed to sign guitars to help raise this money," said Nancy Jones. "Everyone did their part and we did the right thing here. I hope this money will help these families not have to worry about some of the day-to-day bills that put a burden on you when you are dealing with health and tragic situations."
Police Chief Kirk Giles accepted the fundraiser proceeds of more than $80,000 on behalf of Officer Albert Morin and fallen Officer Garrett Crumby’s family.
“The outpouring of love from our community was overwhelming following the death of Officer Garrett Crumby and the critical wounding of Officer Albert Morin.” Chief Kirk Giles said. “Thank you to Nancy Jones, the artists, these organizations, and everyone who donated to support Officer Crumby’s family and Officer Morin following this tragic shooting.”
Jones connected with Concerts 4 A Cause, a non-profit that works to bring hope and inspiration through music, to help facilitate the fundraiser.
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