On Sunday June 24, from 2PM until 7PM, CCMA Hall of Fame member Marie Bottrell, along with friends and family organized a benefit at the Paris Fairgrounds for 2 year old Kylie Hass. Kylie is the niece of Bottrell and her husband Ed Norris and was recently diagnosed with Acute Lymphoblastic Leukemia. She is undergoing aggressive chemo treatments (5 times what a child her age would normally receive, due to the fact that the leukemia was also attacking her central nervous system) at McMaster Children’s Hospital.
Bottrell called on many area musicians and performers to help draw a crowd. Fellow Hall of Famers, Larry Mercey (who performed with his
trio) and Michelle Wright (who couldn’t attend) signed a guitar that was auctioned off. And Grant Heywood, the son of the late Earl Heywood (also a member of the CCMA Hall of Fame), lent his singing and drumming talents to the event. As well, sets by Michael Warren, Debbie Bechamp, Wendell Ferguson, Bill Culp and his Memphis Cats, Pam Brooks and Lonesome Wind, Jim and Pam Yofido and others, were backed up by members of Cottonwood and Stagecoach (Bottrell’s and Terry Sumsion’s back-up bands, respectively.) Marie Bottrell was scheduled to close the show but developed laryngitis and could barely talk.
Local businesses also rose to the occasion by donating many other auction items. Between the gate, donations, the auction items and the 50/50 draws, over $13,600 was raised. The money comes in handy, as the family has had high travel and hotel costs (partly because the local Ronald McDonald House is closed for renovations.) Kylie’s parents, Brooke and Chris Hass and her brother Cameron, attended the event and joined Marie and Ed on stage to thank the audience and the volunteers for their time and talents on behalf of Kylie. Obviously, Kylie could not attend due to her illness, but her brother Cameron moved everyone to tears with his heartfelt thanks.