Community comes together for event to benefit the Daugherty family


Hundreds of members of the Switzerland County community, along with others from around the area, turned out on Saturday for a day-long benefit for Rick and Laci Daugherty. The father and daughter were injured in an automobile accident on August 4th, and while Rick Daugherty is now back in Vevay and recovering from his injuries, Laci Daugherty continues her recovery at Children’s Hospital in Cincinnati.

On Saturday, the event began at noon and ran until 8 p.m., and was coordinated by the members of Spring Branch Baptist Church and others around the community.

In the high school cafeteria there was plenty of food being served; and the Switzerland County FFA chapter held a cakewalk on the stage. Down the hallway between the cafeteria and the entrance to the gym, tables filled with silent auction items were available for bidding, and in the main lobby of the school those attending could register for prizes and a chance to win raffle prizes featuring an electric guitar; a flat panel television; a barbecue grill; and a porch swing.

Inside the Switzerland County gym, a stage was set up that featured music throughout the event, as musicians and vocal groups took the stage to the delight of everyone. There were also carnival games and cornhole games set up in the gym; and there were also tables filled with items for the benefit auction later in the afternoon. A large gumball machine was also at stake, as whomever came the closest to guessing how many gumballs were in the machine got to take the whole thing home.

Out in the back parking lot, Brian Christman spent the day giving a demonstration on his wood carvings; and a dunk tank also had several people as the target of those wanting to see them wet.

The auction featured all types of items, with auctioneer Norman Romans bringing out high bids on things ranging from sunglasses to haircare products to pieces of furniture and tickets to see this week’s Ryder Cup golf matches in Louisville.

At the end of the evening, more than $10,000 had been raised to help with the medical expenses and other expenses that have been incurred by the Daugherty family.

At one point, Rick Daugherty spoke to the crowd, thanking them for their time and efforts on behalf of his family. He told the crowd that this incident has strengthen his family’s faith in God; and thanked everyone for their continued prayers on behalf of Laci, Debi, and Zack.

Debi Daugherty, in her daughter’s hospital room in Cincinnati, spoke to the crowd through a cell phone, and told everyone that Laci is getting better everyday, and she is looking forward to the day when the whole family will again be together in Vevay.