Band and Church Raise ·$12,000 for Bella Tucker
Organizers of the "Rocking for Bella" concert held in honor of Londonderry resident Bella Tucker presented her family with a check for $12,000 last week, all collected from the November event from ticket sales, donations and a silent auction.
The size of the donation can be credited to the number of performers and volunteers who worked on the project who donated their time and creativity, organizer Rod McCarthy said.
Bella, who had her limbs surgically removed after a bout with a sudden infection over Easter weekend, has seen an outpouring of support from the community.
Most recently, local developers worked together to add an enormous addition to her family's home, including features for wheelchair accessibility and her physical therapy needs.
"I have never met so many kind-hearted and giving people in my life," McCarthy said.
The event started with Julie Devereaux from WROR, who introduced Bella's mother, Selena, to the stage, he explained. There, Selena and her family thanked supporters with tears in her eyes
for coming out to support their family.
St. Peter's Episcopal Church was a main sponsor of the event, with performers that included Will Makar and the Redline, V-2, Knurd Skwad, Brittany Nicole and NASCAR driver Joey Pole.
The Rev. Sarah Rockwell and Michael Jasper from St. Peter's Church, along with McCarthy, visited Bella Tucker's home to hand over the final $12,000 check on Dec. 23, McCarthy said.
"We all agreed Bella will surprise us and run again one day," he said.
McCarthy is not the only one in his family with a soft spot for the family his daughter, Kristina, still makes braided bracelets to sell to her friends at school to raise money for the family.
Most important to McCarthy was the hope that residents will continue to pick up the torch and help the family in need.
"We really want to continue to get the word out," he said, noting that a national television news program may soon be picking up the family's story.
For more information, visit http://bellatucker.org