Members of the community, with the help of organizer Sports Ministries, are planning a race to benefit the families affected by the recent shooting and arson that rocked the Ronda community.
Known for his role on CMT’s Redneck Island, local celebrity Anthony Parigi took it upon himself to reach out to Sports Ministries to see what could be done for the families. “After I heard about what happened I felt like I need, like I wanted to do something,” said Parigi of the incident that occurred on June 22 at the home of Kent Suddreth. “I got the ball rolling on and called Danny Todd. He’s organized a lot of benefits for people in need.”
On the morning of June 22, alleged gunman James Barrett terrorized a neighborhood of North River Ridge Road during the early morning until nearly noon. After attempting to inflict injury on Suddreth, Barrett allegedly shot neighbor Zach Myers while he was driving his vehicle. Barrett also fired upon several police vehicles, an AirCare helicopter and a police SUV carrying Sgt. Steven Russell, who received a shrapnel wound to his shoulder. All victims are expected to make a recovery, however, the home of Suddreth, along with all the possessions inside, were destroyed when Barrett set fire using a gallon of gasoline and matches.
Parigi, an Elkin native who is familiar with many of the law enforcement and families involved, reached out to Danny Todd, event organizer with Sports Ministries, after having worked with him on previous fundraising events. “I did an appearance with him before,” said Parigi of Todd and Sports Ministries.
Not only will Parigi be present at the Sept. 26 color run, he’ll also be bringing with him several of his friends from CMT shoes such as Redneck Island and Party Down South seasons 1 and 2. “As of right now I have 18 committed to come,” said Parigi. “And they’re all volunteering their time, they won’t be paid at all.”
While Parigi is glad to use his influence, his heart breaks that such tragic events could happen to the people of Ronda. “The good Lord was watching over them,” said Parigi of the fact that those involved are expected to recover. “I just wanted to reach out and let them know that the community supports them.”
Proceeds from the event will go to the families affected by the events in helping them cover medical costs and the cost of losing all their possessions in the fire.
As for Parigi’s role in reaching out to the community to get the ball rolling, he said finding supporters has not been an issue. “I’ve been hit up by a lot of local people to volunteer and businesses to sponsor,” said Parigi, who welcomes anyone who feels a desire to help.
With 18 reality show celebrities volunteering their time for the event, there is one area Parigi requests help. “They need hotel rooms,” said Parigi. While the plans come together, any discounts or offers are appreciated for the folks willing to travel from across the nation to lend their time to the event.
The benefit color run will take place on Sept. 26 at noon at the Elkin Municipal Park. The event will include a fun run color run and after paint party. The event also will include raffles, a DJ and a meet and greet with cast members. The lap around the track is .8 miles, or four laps for the 5k event. Participants are encouraged to run at their own pace and come out and support a great cause.
For more information, visit racesonline.com/events/benefit-color-run.
Karen Holbrook may be reached at 336-258-4059 or on Twitter @KarenHolbrook00.