Community rallies with benefits after tornado

June 8, 2013

A fun run, motorcycle ride and a concert with local musicians are among the benefits planned to help tornado recovery efforts in Hood County.


Proceeds from the annual Acton Nature Center Fun Run this morning will be split with the Rancho Brazos tornado relief fund.

Walkers and runners are invited to the 3.8 mile course. Families are welcome.

A 7:30 a.m. start time has been set. Registration is at 7 a.m.

The entry fee is $25 through June 7, and $30 on race day. Tshirts and goody bags will be given to the first 250 registrants.

Registration online is at, type in Acton TX Running in search box.


Ride The Storm benefit Sunday will honor first responders and raise money to help children impacted by the recent tornado.

The event includes a motorcycle ride, reception for first responders, luncheon, live music, silent auction and raffles at the VFW Post 7835, 3670 Highway 377 W. Registration for the ride is at 10 a.m. with kickstands up at 11. The fee is $10 per rider, or $15 per couple for the 40-mile nonstop ride through Hood County and back to the VFW.

The reception and luncheon for first responders begins at 12:30 p.m. The public may purchase food plates for $5.

The money collected will be used to replace toys the kids lost in the tornado, said group spokeswoman Robin Greer.

“The VFW is donating the use of their facility for this event, which is being sponsored by multiple Hood County motorcycle riding groups,” she stated.


The Homegrown benefit on Sunday includes local bands, silent auction, barbecue lunch, a jump house and more at the Brazos Drive In, 1800 W. Pearl St.

Proceeds are directed to Habitat for Humanity of Hood County. Many Habitat homes in the Rancho Brazos neighborhood were severely damaged in the May 15 tornado.

Bands playing at the benefit include the following.

Noon: Dustin Massey.

1 p.m. Lucas Bevan.

2 p.m. Caulder and Jakoby.

3 p.m. Quinn Peacock.

4 p.m. Larry Hooper.

5 p.m. Kelly Blues Bros/Walkies.

6:15 p.m. Before the Sun.

7:45 p.m. Clint Levi Band.

9 p.m. See Seven Stars.

The gate opens at 11 a.m. and admission will be $10 per person. Children under 10 are free. Addition monetary donations will also be accepted at the gate.

Those attending should bring lawn chairs or blankets for seating.

If your group is planning a benefit, please email the information to [email protected] for publication in the Hood County News.

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