Tunica rallies for Madysen

A community-wide benefit for Madysen Acey has been set for Saturday, May 15 at the Catfish Warehouse.

“Tunica for Madysen” features great music, food and fellowship to assist the Acey family while 10-year-old Madysen recovers from electrical burns.

“We knew immediately we wanted to do something to help,” benefit organizer Vic Ware said. “Right away, so many other people have gotten involved in this.”

Three bands have volunteered to play: Teacher’s Pet, from 4:30-6:30 p.m. and The Weevils from 7-9, in the parking lot outside, and the Turnrow Cowboys, from 9-11 p.m. inside.

Admission is $25 per person and includes one food plate and one soft drink per person. The benefit is free for children under five.

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Attendees will have a wide variety of food choices, from Vic’s famous catfish plates to she-crab soup from Cafe’ Marie’s Walt Norwood. Blue & White is offering pork roast with turnip greens and mashed potatoes and gravy, while Mexico Grill will serve up their famous chicken and rice with cheese, plus cheese dip and chips. The Tunica Lions Club will have barbecue, and crawfish will be cooking outside from 4 p.m.

Additional food and beverages will be offered inside, after the initial per person admission is paid.

Kicking off the benefit is a live auction at 3:30 p.m. Auction items are needed, so call JoAnn Ware at (662)312-1152, Vic at (662) 515-7536, or Kay Walker at (662) 822-3614 to donate items or for more information about the auction. Pick up of items is available.

Madysen was severely injured on April 25 when she touched a live electrical wire. Within the first week, she has undergone five surgeries, losing her right arm and left hand, and is recovering from other injuries as well.

Madysen was transferred to the Shriners Children’s Hospital in Cincinnati, Ohio early last week. Her mother Bethanne Acey, an employee of First Security Bank in Tunica, is with her, and other family members and friends have traveled or are planning to travel to Cincinnati to lend support.

May 15’s benefit was initially organized by Vic Ware, Steven Barbieri of Blue & White Restaurant, and Juan Villaneuva of Mexico Grill, but other local businesses and organizations quickly got involved: the Tunica Lions Club, Cafe’ Marie, Pride of the Pond, Budweiser, and Coca Cola. The Chamber of Commerce and this newspaper are assisting with publicity. Other sponsors are welcome to come on board.

The three initial sponsors have challenged all Tunica businesses to give generously. All donations are appreciated; accounts are set up at First Security Bank and Covenant Bank. Checks should be made to Madysen Acey.

Volunteers are also needed for Saturday’s events. Please call JoAnn Ware to volunteer.

Readers can keep up with Madysen’s daily progress by checking www.caringbridge.org/visit/madysenacey, “Pray for Madysen Acey” on Facebook, or at www.tunicatimes.com. Madysen can receive cards and packages at Shriners Children’s Hospital, Attn; Madysen Acey, 3229 Burnett Ave., Cincinnati, OH 45229.

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