It didn’t take long for a group of area residents to decide they needed to help a friend who has been hospitalized since the middle of May.
Friends of longtime Aubrey resident Ricky Allen, 24, are throwing a benefit in his honor from 2 to 9:30 p.m. Sunday at the Aubrey Main Street Festival Grounds.
Brisket, potato salad, cowboy beans and coleslaw will be sold for $10 a plate for adults and $5 a plate per child. Friends are smoking the briskets and Allen’s favorite restaurant, the Prairie House, is donating all the sides, organizers said.
“Everyone in town knows him,” Aubrey resident Suzi Robinson said Wednesday morning. “He is kind of a goofball who always tries to put a smile on people’s faces.”
Dozens of friends have flooded the intensive care unit at Parkland Hospital in Dallas to see their friend, who is recovering from injuries he suffered when he was struck by a pickup in Allen on Wednesday, May 14, she said.
Just two days later, friends were discussing and organizing a full-day event to aid their pal in his time of need.
Robinson, who has known Allen for about five years, said he suffered internal bleeding, bruising and head injuries and was in a “coma-like state” that lasted for several days.
“He recently became a father and he was so excited about it,” Robinson said. “He was a hard worker and we just want to help him out with medical expenses and bills where we can. This was an unexpected tragedy in his life and now he can’t take care of his daughter.”
The benefit will feature gift cards, knives, a gun and other items for raffles and an auction, Robinson said. She added that the outpouring of support has been overwhelming.
In addition, live music, children’s activities, a car show and a blood drive by Carter Blood Care will be held.
“All proceeds are going to him — 100 percent,” she said. “We aren’t recuperating any costs; we just want to lend a helping hand to a friend in need.”