By ALLEN RAU
The recent Music on the Square Gala fundraiser, held at the McKinney Center on March 23, was much more than an event to raise funds. The occasion marked the 20th anniversary of the Music on the Square events and was held at the McKinney Center to raise funds for future events. 150 tickets were sold and the event sold out. Sol Driven Train provided the entertainment and food from Noli Truck was available. A live auction featuring trips on a hot air balloon, a zip-line ride at Linville Gorge and a stay at the Eureka Inn were up for bid.
Although it was the most successful event yet held, according to Music on the Square organizer Steve Cook, it became much more valuable to him in his time of need.
Cook’s wife, Tava, suddenly passed away last Wednesday morning and the community was there to help.
“It’s been a tough week for me … I was heartbroken. Everybody stepped up and said, ‘We got this.’
“When I got there, the whole place just turned and embraced me. And it was one of the most humbling, comforting moments of my life. Everybody was so helpful and supportive and made me feel so much better. That’s what this town does. This is the most caring, giving, sharing community on the planet. It really moved me and made me feel special.”