Local Hobbs business raises over $55,000 for fatal accident victims
HOBBS, New Mexico (Nexstar) – Many families are still recovering from the Andrews County bus crash that left nine people dead and two in hospital. Today, a local Hobbs business sponsored a huge fundraiser for the victims of this accident, as well as the survivors, and raised over $55,000 today alone.
The fundraiser was organized by Hobbs Energy Staffing and Services. The company said the community is so tight-knit that everyone knows someone and they’ve all been affected by this tragedy. ESS said the community has come together in an amazing way.
Natalie Gladden of ESS said, “It’s just awesome to see Lea County come out the way they did.
ESS said the funds would not only go to the families of the victims, but also to the medical bills of the two survivors. In addition to this, the remaining funds will be used to launch a scholarship program for college golf students.
“We are launching a trust fund, this will be our first…USW golf fund event. We will do this in the years to come so that we can provide scholarships to local golf players,” added Gladden.
Gladden was the main organizer of the fundraiser and she mentioned that the amount of support they received to help those who are suffering was more than expected
“The list is only growing, of the people who have come forward in Lea County, you know Lea County is very lucky to be where we are today thanks to the industry oil and gas industry, and we feel like we are paying for it. best thing,” Gladden said.
ESS owner Mike Denney said the company is keen to help in any way and while it may not be able to provide much it will do whatever it takes takes to support the members of his community. “We’re probably a drop in the bucket of what they’re going to need, but we’re going to do whatever we can to help them,” Denney said.
Denney also said the turnout from others across the county who are willing to lend a hand has been amazing. “They’ve done a great job supporting us in this deal, so it’s not just us, it’s everyone in the community coming together and helping out,” Denney added.
All proceeds will be used to help those suffering from this tragic loss and we have also been told that a golf tournament to raise more funds will be held at the Rockwind Community Golf Course in Hobbs on April 9.
If you would like to donate to the victims, you can email [email protected] for more information.