Businesses Plan Fundraiser for Deputy's Wife

The Day for Renae Hudgens Block Party will be held Saturday and will begin at Rodney's Bar-B-Que.

Several local businesses are joining together this weekend to help the wife of a Paulding County Sheriff’s deputy.

Renae Hudgens, the wife of Sgt. Mitch Hudgens, is suffering from a “rare disease,” and the couple has incurred $20,000 in medical bills, said Tammy Dobson, whose husband, Rodney, owns Rodney’s Bar-B-Que and Catering.

“(Mitch) is a good customer of ours,” Dobson said. “He was talking to us about all the medical bills and said that insurance didn’t cover it. I felt compelled to do something.”

So, Dobson decided to put together a fundraiser for the Hudgens’. However, she said she didn’t expect it to grow into a block party event that now involves several other surrounding businesses.

“It’s really exploded,” she said.

The Day for Renae Hudgens Block Party will feature food, craft vendors, a monster truck show, rolling video games, pony rides, bingo games, a dunking booth, a bounce house, live musical entertainment by JK + the Gun Show and Man Made, and a 65-mile motorcycle ride sponsored by the American Legion. Meal plates from Rodney’s Bar-B-Que will be sold for $7, and patrons can purchase tickets for all other activities except for the video games at the block party entrance. Those who participate in the motorcycle ride and donate $30 will get a T-shirt and meal plate.

In addition to the planned events, those attending the fundraiser can purchase T-shirts for $15.

Dobson said she has held fundraisers in the past for Cops 4 Kids but that none have ever been as big as Saturday’s event is expected to be.

“I’m very shocked at how big this has gotten,” she said. “It’s wonderful to me that the whole community can come together and do something for this deputy.”

Dobson said she hopes to raise $10,000 for Renae Hudgens, who has the opportunity to travel to Germany for an experimental drug treatment.

“There are still a lot of expenses that they can incur,” Dobson said.

The Hudgens’ are overwhelmed at the response to the fundraiser.

“They’re beyond words,” Dobson said. “(Mitch) doesn’t know what to say. He tears up.”

The Day for Renae Hudgens Block Party is scheduled for 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Saturday. The motorcycle ride and rolling video games begin at 11 a.m. J.K. + the Gun Show will perform from 10 a.m. to noon, and Man Made will take the stage at 1 p.m.

Parking will be available at Abney Elementary School. Meal tickets and T-shirts can be reserved online, and online donations can be made by those who cannot attend the event.

For information on sponsorship or booth space at the event, email hello@necessarydesign.com.

C. Mark Willix September 27, 2012 at 01:05 PM
This is going to be an awesome event and I can't wait to see everyone there. I'm not shocked at the outpouring of support from the local business community. I know our small business owners to be nothing but the best and they always are there for one of our neighbors in a time of need. Rodney's and the other businesses associated with the North Paulding Network group have done a marvelous job at making sure we take care of our own. I hope the entire county comes out to support this family.
J. B. Poole September 27, 2012 at 02:01 PM
FYI, Man Made, whose playing for the benefit, is in the top three in voting at Georgia-Country for band of the year. www.Georgia-Country.com
Maria Necessary September 27, 2012 at 02:09 PM
We would love to see the entire county show up in support of this event! There is going to be soo much to do for everyone. And you can get a sneak peak of all the auction and bingo items on the facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/DayForRenae/photos
Laurie Penney September 27, 2012 at 02:11 PM
It is a privilege to have the opportunity help one of our PCSO officers. They give so much to our community. The community has supported this in a huge way.So far we have raised a little over $5000 just from sponsoring business. We hope with the rest of the community coming out Saturday to raise the other $5000 for Renae to be able to travel to specialist and cover the overwhelming cost of co-pays. The people of Paulding are some of the most generous and giving when it comes to taking care of our own when in need.
ShowtimeStuntz September 27, 2012 at 04:32 PM
SHOWTIME STUNTZ will be performing!! Please visit our website at www.ShowtimeStuntz.com COME SHOW YOUR SUPPORT FOR A WONDERFUL CAUSE!


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