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Benefit raises $14,000, times two

Amanda Holt MillerWestern Garfield County Staff

RIFLE – Community members came out for a night of good music for a good cause on Sunday. And it seemed to work: The SoulFeel benefit concert raised $14,000, which will be matched by an anonymous donor.The event benefited the Edwards family, a Rifle family that needs a new home.Scott Edwards was in a car accident two and a half years ago. He’s now a quadriplegic. The family of five – Scott and his wife, Shari, have three children – rent a tiny house on Railroad Avenue in Rifle.It’s a difficult living situation. The couple’s twin boys, Corey and Caleb, were born while their dad was at Craig Hospital rehabilitation center in Denver, and share two beds pushed together, with their big sister, Danika. Shari sleeps on a day bed in the living room, and Scott sleeps in the little house’s laundry room.Ideally, the family needs a house that’s big enough for all of them and is wheelchair-accessible for Scott. That’s what’s prompted some community members, particularly Pam Jarrett and Pastor Del Whittington, of the Church of the Open Door, last spring to start raising money for property and a new house for the family.An Edwards family fund at Alpine Bank in Rifle already had almost $22,000 in it before Sunday’s event. With the added concert revenue, the total is nearing $50,000. Whittington and Jarrett, along with Jill Roper, a member of the Rifle Church of Christ, hope they will be able to find a plot of land now.The Rifle Church of Christ and its singing group, We Believe, organized the fund-raising event Sunday. Several local talents showed up to perform. SoulFeel, a popular local band, performed to an audience of about 200 community members tapping their feet in the Rifle High School auditorium.Roper collected money and tickets at the door.”It’s hard to say how many tickets we’ve sold,” Roper said. “But we’ve had a lot of very large, generous checks.”

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