Local artists unite with benefit concert for injured cyclist Danny Morris
BATON ROUGE, LA (FOX44) — Local artists and musicians will unite tomorrow, Friday, March 9, to help raise money for a fallen friend and one just starting down a long road of recovery.
Funds raised will go to help pay medical expenses for Danny Morris, the cyclist who was severely injured by a drunk driver while riding on Perkins Road.
“To have this happen to him, I just felt compelled and the need to help out as a community,” Kelly Floyd, local artist and organizer of the benefit concert, explained. “I thought this would be a good way to help Danny to get him back on his feet.
“My goal is to raise $3,000,” she added. “I feel like that’s a totally possible number.”
The benefit, “Donations ‘Ducks’ for Danny,” will be held at Mellow Mushroom, located at 4250 Burbank Dr. Artwork has been donated by 14 local artists and will be available for purchase at the event.
“We’re also going to have two live painters [Amber Gendron and Ben Kisch] and will sell the pieces they create in a silent auction along with a couple of other things,” Floyd noted. “The art is very affordable and the cover at the door is low. The goal is to make it easy for everyone to contribute.”
Morris sustained critical injuries during the accident, which happened on Saturday, Jan. 21. He spent a total of 21-days in the hospital. For seven of those days he was in a medically induced coma. He underwent multiple surgeries, and will face an extensive amount of physical therapy during his recovery process.
“Things are just getting out of control,” Floyd said when discussing the serious nature of the accident. “Something needs to be done and this is something we can do to help.”
Donation buckets will also be available at the event, and music will be provided by Syllable Seven.
“All of the donations are so selfless and kind because money is so tight for people these days,” Floyd noted. “If you don’t have enough money to buy a piece of artwork, just put what you can, even if it’s spare change, in the bucket.”
Although the bulk of the money will benefit Morris, a special donation bucket will also be available for the daughter of Nathan Crowson, the cyclist who was killed on impact.
“There will be a ‘bike art’ themed night on March 23 to raise money for his daughter, Cat,” Floyd said about the donations for Crowson’s daughter. “The reason this one is going to be just for Danny is because I felt like his needs in regards to medical expenses is an immediate need.”
The family of Nathan Crowson has started a website where they will continue to sell the original artwork created by Crowson.
“He painted, did prints, pen drawings – he was a well rounded artist,” Floyd said when asked about Crowson’s work. “He was also a poet and a musician. Really, he was just a beautiful soul.”