Fundraiser benefits Clarksville teen involved in head-on crash
Reported By Chris Bundgaard, Reporter - bio | email
CLARKSVILLE, Tenn. -
Hundreds of Montgomery County residents donated their time, energy and money Monday at a fundraiser to help one of two cheerleaders seriously hurt when they were hit by an alleged drunk driver last month.
Fifteen-year-old Ashley Travis remains at Vanderbilt University Medical Center in Nashville where she has been hospitalized since the May 16 accident.
Ashley was a passenger in a car that was driven by fellow Montgomery County Central cheerleader 17-year-old Kylie Eastin. Kylie, who was also injured in the crash was able to attend her graduation last month.
"It's great to see community support," said cheerleading coach Keri Lehman. "It speaks volume about the girls' character."
Dozens stood in line at the fundraiser outside the Montgomery County Courthouse where Ashley's mother Freida is a deputy clerk in the Clerk and Masters Office.
The fundraiser included barbecue outside and a silent auction and bake sale on the inside where hundreds of items and food were donated.
"We aimed at raising about $8,000, but it's going to way more than that," said Debbie Bryant of the Clerk and Masters Office, who also helped organize the event.
The barbecue chicken was so popular portions had to be cut in half for fear of running out of food, but those who were standing in line did not seem to mind.
"We want to do something for both of these girls" was heard over and over again by people at the fundraiser who did not even know the cheerleaders.
Those who did not the girls could not say enough good things about the youngsters.
"Love them both, just pray that the good Lord puts his healing hand there and takes care of both of them," said Montgomery County Central teacher Debbie Boone.
Another Montgomery County fundraiser for the cheerleaders is planned for this Saturday at Hilltop Market on Highway 149 from 9-AM to 2-PM.