TEXARKANA, Texas — On the heels of his team’s 73-69 win, Bryant Hornets basketball coach[more] Mike Abrahamson made an appeal to Hornets fans and the citizens of Saline County to turn out for a pancake breakfast at Applebee’s this morning from 8 to 10 a.m.
The event is a fundraiser to benefit the families of those involved in the auto accident early on the morning of Wednesday, Nov. 21. The wreck, which took the life of 19-year-old Drew Melton of Benton, also involved Allie Beech of Benton and Hayden Lessenberry of Bryant and Hornets basketball players Caleb Strain and Skyler McKissock. Funds from the event will go to help the families with the expenses incurred.
Tickets are $7 and will be available at the door.
“We need everybody in Saline County, everybody in central Arkansas to get out to Applebee’s,” Abrahamson said. “This win is great but that’s way more important. Come help these families.
“I want it to be from the community,” he added. “I want it to be about our basketball team trying to help. It’s about the community getting involved, supporting our kids, loving our kids and having grace towards our kids in difficult times. We need everybody to come out.”
Donations are also welcome. An account called #4T5 has been set up at Centennial Bank where donations can be deposited or they can be sent to Bryant High School to the attention of Abrahamson.
“Every cent will go to the families,” the coach said. “We really want to bring the communities together to support these kids and their families.”