Benefit concert raises more than $4,500 for Darin Kingery
By Sonya Stevenssstevens@abcnews4.com
CHARLESTON, S.C. (WCIV) -- People listening to live music, won some prizes and raised more than $4,500 for a good cause.
Darin Kingery was hit by a drunk driver while responding to a call in early June, but things are starting to look up for this firefighter. In fact, he recently threw out the first pitch at a RiverDogs game.
"He spent a couple of months in intensive care and they ended up having to take his leg below the knee and right now he is being fitted for a prosthetic and he is doing fine," said Gary Lohr, Battalion Chief with St. Johns Fire Department.
Gary Lohr and Jenn Leigh organized a concert that they hoped would raise a several thousand dollars for Kingery and his family.
And it did.
"I thought it would be a good idea to put a concert together, just something small, and I informed the Kickin' Chicken said they would be more than happy to host it and get the bands lined up and all we just had to do was organize the event," said Lohr.
"We have two bands coming in; one coming in at 7 p.m., an acoustic duo S & M, and then at 10 p.m. we have another band coming in called Not So Serious and we also have various raffles going on throughout the evening," said event coordinator Jenn Leigh.
This is one of several fundraisers to help Kingery. He made it to the event at Pierpont Pub and will be out Saturday night, too.
"He said it's overwhelming the amount of support he has gotten from local fire departments and the firefighters around and that he is really at just a loss for words...he said he just doesn't know what to sayeverything that he has received from us and especially with the benefit and all the work that Jenn and I have put into it,' said Lohr.
All the money from the raffles will go towards medical costs and every day costs since Kingery has been unable to work. Event organizers are hoping to raise a couple thousand dollars.
"We have the 50/50 raffle and then we have the various items," said Leigh. "We are going to do tickets 2 for $5 and 5 for $10 that will get a raffle ticket that can be put inside for the different raffles. We are going to do the big items separately and the little items all together."
The Concert for Kingery is Saturday night at Kickin' Chicken in West Ashley from 7 p.m. until midnight.
They will also have a designated driver program so everyone will be safe. Wristbands will be handed out and if people carpool and bring a designated driver -- they get to have free soda and tea for the evening as well as an appetizer.
If you can't make it to the event but still want to help, you can donate money at First Federal. There is a bank account set up to support Darin Kingery.