CLINTON -- The kind and giving actions of the Clinton-area community to support the Clinton Fire Department continue to show.
Saturday night, area residents filled the ballroom at Wild Rose Casino for the "Funds for Families" concert, with all proceeds benefitting the families of fallen Clinton Fire Lt. Eric Hosette and injured firefighter Adam Cain. The sea of supportive red shirts saw the musical acts of Zach Zurcher, The Dirt Road Rockers and The Old Man Band as the donations poured in to aid in both families' recoveries after a Jan. 5 explosion killed Hosette and had Cain fighting for his life.
A $10 cover charge at the door had a container holding the donations already filling up early on. According to the Wild Rose Casino Facebook page, all tips collected during the night would also be donated to the families.
Both families have voiced continuing appreciation towards the community in the wake of the accident. Countless benefit initiatives, including t-shirt and clothing sale and red light tributes have been mainstays in Clinton and the surrounding area since the explosion.
Last week, Hy-Vee presented a check for more than $61,000 to the Clinton Fire Department for the Eric Hosette and Adam Cain Fund after selling red t-shirts and accepting in-kind donations.
Saturday night's event was organized by people such as Dirt Road Rockers lead singer Wyatt Heyvaert. Heyvaert is the Albany, Illinois Police Chief, and has seen firsthand how community support can make a difference in tragic circumstances.
"A lot of the guys in our band get involved with the Quad Cities Law Enforcement Memorial, and this just felt like we needed to get involved," Heyvaert said leading up to the Saturday event. "The goal is just to get as many people there for the cause as possible."
Wild Rose Casino officials were on board right away, according to the concert's organizers, and by the show's start at 8 p.m., the building's halls were decked in red.
In recent weeks, social media had been used extensively to advertise the event in hopes of packing the casino ballroom. That paid off Saturday night. Heyvaert called the concert "a great thing to do together that can go a long way for those families."