A benefit this week will help raise money for a local man.
Casey Amy, of Harrison, is in need of a kidney transplant and his friends and neighbors are organizing the benefit, “A Cowboy’s Karma: Paying Back the Kindness.” Mr. Amy and his wife Rhonda are longtime residents and have been very active in both the St. Maries and Harrison communities.
“From 4-H, assistant coaching, announcing at horse shows, Booster Club, raising money for ball fields, benefits and auctions for others, they’ve done it all and the list goes on,” Cheri Thaut, benefit organizer, said. “I cannot imagine anyone in this area that hasn’t been touched directly or indirectly by them.”
Diagnosed with diabetes, Mr. Amy has been living with 17 percent function in his kidneys for the last three years. Mrs. Thaut said neighbors told Mr. Amy to let them know when or if he would need help. While a kidney donor has not yet been located, the procedure will require Mr. Amy to be off work for nearly three months.
“This would be hard for any normal family let alone one that has been going through three years of treatment,” Mrs. Thaut said.
Mrs. Thaut said the goal is to raise money to allow Mr. Amy to take the time off he needs to undergo a kidney transplant once one in located. The funds will also be able to help with any medical expenses as well.
“Casey never let anyone know he is sick, he is a very proud man, so it came as a surprise to many,” Mrs. Thaut said. “Because he has helped so many, we chose A Cowboy’s Karma: Paying Back the Kindness as it was so appropriate. It’s not just charity; it’s us saying thank you.”
The benefit will be Jan 25. Doors open at 4 p.m. and dinner will be served at 5 p.m. It will take place at the Cormana Building in St. Maries. Schefflemeir’s will be catering the event and Grapple Haus will also be serving beverages. There is a suggested donation of $15 per person for dinner.
There will be a live and silent auction. Items include NFR tickets, hay, saddle, generator, metal art, prints, baskets, quilts and more. Raffle items include a load of logs or half a pig, cut and wrapped. An online auction is also planned. It started Jan. 15. Mrs. Thaut encourages those who are interested to visit the benefit’s Facebook page, A Cowboy’s Karma, for more details.
Tickets for the raffle are $5 each or five for $20. To purchase tickets ahead of the benefit, stop by the Benewah County Extension Office, 711 Jefferson Ave. To donate auction items call Mrs. Thaut at 208-755-0877 or drop them off at the extension office.
Financial donations can be made to Banner Bank under Casey Amy Benefit Auction; PayPal (COWBOYCASEYFUND); Venmo (COWBOY_CASEY_FUND); or drop off at the extension office.
If interested in being tested as a kidney donor, call (509) 474-4500 or visit sacredheartlivingdonor.org. Be sure to list Casey Amy as a named recipient.