The owners of Creekwood Farm RV Park have planned a special concert to raise funds in memory of Riley Howell, who died April 30 during a school shooting at UNC-Charlotte.
Howell tackled the shooter, saving countless lives while sacrificing his own.
Creekwood Farm RV Park Owners Larry Elliott and Gary Vorbeck decided to organize a fund-raising event to benefit the efforts set up in Howell’s honor.
Shellem Cline, a Lenoir-based, award winning Christian country/positive message artist will be debuting a special song he wrote about Howell during the concert. A recording will be presented to Howell’s parents at the concert.
Elliott said the business feels a personal connection to Riley Howell as he spent the better part of the day planting shrubs on the farm when he was working for a local nursery.
“He was someone you just gravitated to,” Elliott said. “He had an amazing personality. We just felt connected to him and wanted to do something for him and the family. These shrubs will be here for ever. Our entire season has been dedicated to him.”
The business owners became acquainted with Cline last year when he performed, and a return date has long been scheduled.
“We he heard of this tragedy with Riley, he was so moved he wrote a song about it,” Elliott said.
All are invited to attend the performance set for 6:30 p.m. Saturday, July 13.
The business is making a $500 donation to the Riley Howell Foundation, and donations from concert-goers are encouraged, as well.
“We would love to have all our local officials and community attend to show support for Riley and his family,” said Elliott.
Creekwood Farm RV Park is located at 4696 Jonathan Creek Road, Waynesville. It is on the site of a former dairy farm, and Elliott said the old barn and some outbuildings remain.