A big ‘thank you’ to Dripping Springs

Dear Dripping Springs community, friends, and family,

A big thank you to our community!  Kirk & I first sat on the bench in front of the Post Office on Mercer Street in 1988 when we moved to a home on Creek Road.  Mercer Street was a quiet, sleepy, downtown street with most of the activity taking place at Rippy’s.  Kirk remembers the stop sign at RR 12 and 290 years before.  Both our boys received haircuts from Mr. Applewhite & Mr. Edwards at The Barbershop. Since those days, we’ve watched the town grow and change, and we’ve made numerous friends in our community.  I’ve been fortunate to work in the city since 2001.  Our hearts are full of your love and support shown at Hudson’s on Mercer Street in February for Kirk’s fundraiser.  The funds raised will “Help Kirk Soar Again” and assist with payment for Stem Cell treatment out of the country for his Multiple Sclerosis.  We thank each of you that donated your time, talent, and money.   The turn-out of friends, family & the citizens of Dripping Springs and the $12,000+ raised was more than we could have ever imagined!   A special thank you to our friends Pam, Kathy, & DorRae – they organized the venue, the food, the bands that provided live music and the items for the silent auction.  Thank you to all the local musicians that performed – Micah Wagner, Braydon Zink & Madison Rodges, The Hill Country Ramblers, Alex Dormant, West of Waterloo, Gypsy Wind, Bob Slaughter & Laughing Waters, Chad & Natasha Hudson, and The Kyle Sisters.  Thank you Mi Ranchito for the delicious BBQ and Chad & Natasha for hosting the event at Hudson’s.  Kirk is confident the Stem Cell treatment will help alleviate many of his symptoms.  Our family welcomes the hope & faith you have restored in Kirk.  I hope you all will take time to visit your family & friends that suffer from a neurological illness –  MS, Parkinson’s, Alzheimer’s, and other illnesses that affect brain processing are challenging for everyone.  We appreciate and love you all! 

Kirk, Laurie, Derek,and Evan Smith

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