Special contribution from John Tate
On a typical hot, humid Texas Sunday afternoon, as my family and I were driving through downtown Conroe, we passed a previously abandoned lot where a card dealership once stood.
Today this lot was filled with giant inflatable bouncies and slides, a BBQ pit, a snow cone stand, and a canopy set up with a stage. To be honest, the place looked like it was set-up for a family reunion that most of the family couldn’t make it to. Everyone in town was driving by as if the lot is as empty as it was when the dealership relocated.
There were no signs advertising what all of this was for, so we decided to stop and see for ourselves. It turned out that it was a nearly failed attempt at a fundraiser for the Youth Bowling League of Conroe. We were warmly greeted by a gentleman who said, “Welcome. We have plenty of BBQ, cold drinks, and snow cones, and you can buy tickets for the kids to play on the inflatables, while you enjoy the band until they have to leave.”
As I talked more to the gentleman, he informed me that this was their annual fundraiser to raise money for the youth bowlers to be able to participate in the bowling activities, tournaments and their end of the year party and trophies. Only this year, most of the sponsors and vendors backed out at the last minute. I told the guy that I would make some phone calls and see if there was any way that we could help salvage the rest of the afternoon for them.
I called Justin Grant, one of the local country artists that I work with, and asked if there were any way that he could come perform for a couple of hours to help these kids since the band that was performing had to leave early. Justin said that he would be glad to help, and that he would be there as soon as he could.
When Justin arrived, the crowd had dwindled down even more, so we called out some family and friends to come out to support Justin and the youth bowlers. Justin set up his sound equipment, and performed for the bowlers, their families, our family and friends, and a handful of others that stopped by to see what was going on. The kids all loved him (and his dog
And that is just what he did… Justin came out to the bowling alley in Conroe on a Saturday morning to play for these kids and their families at their end of the year party. And then we even gave tickets to be raffled for the big Conroe Country Jam concert where Justin was playing later that afternoon. Justin played twice to help these kids, when their local community had disappointed them he stepped up to help them.
Posted by: Sam Moore
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