Benefits of hosting friends for a seriously injured boater


A week from today, many of the friends of Tennessee boater Blake Billings will gather at Scoreboard Bar & Grill in Nashville with one goal in mind: to raise money for one of their own.

Photographed here in Key West, Florida, Blake Billings of Tennessee was injured in an unusual boating accident in May that left him with a spinal injury; now the boating community is doing their part to help a friend in need. GoFundMe donations can be made here.

In May, the 31-year-old Mount Juliet native was involved in a boating incident that resulted in a spinal injury. Billings, who is an electrical contractor, is now in a wheelchair and unable to work, which is why several of his generous friends, including Steve Billings, Mike Hobbs, Ken Nelson and Alan Wise, decided to organize a fundraising event. fund and a GoFundMe page to help their friend.

“Blake has always been the guy to help anyone in need, and won’t ask for help himself,” said Wise, who many people know as the owner of The Amazing ass wise Catamaran MTI 340X, which he recently sold as his new MTI-V 42 performance center console is nearing completion. “We are organizing this fundraiser to help cover her medical and living expenses. I’ve been in this community long enough to know that this is a generous group, especially when the charity involves another boater. Blake is such an amazing person who has a long way to go so anything we can do to make that easier and make his life easier, we will give it a try.

Dubbed “Blake’s Benefit Night,” the doors open at 5 pm with a silent auction running until 9 pm. Food and drinks will be available throughout the evening and the live auction will begin at 8 p.m. followed by a raffle at 8:30 p.m.

Wise reached out to to ask if we could help promote fundraising, primarily the GoFundMe page, as this form of donation goes way beyond those who can attend an event in Nashville, and we’re going to – beyond that story by donating a SOTW gift basket loaded with a jacket, two T-shirts, two hats, two tumblers, two silicone shot glasses, a dozen coozies, and of a full set of Year In Review magazines from 2015-2021.

“All prayers and contributions are appreciated,” Wise said, adding that they always accept donations for live or silent auction items. “All proceeds from the auction and a percentage of the evening’s sales will be donated. Blake is seriously one of the best men I’ve ever known – he didn’t deserve this, so we’re going to do everything we can to help him out at this time of need.

I know I’ve written about this a number of times, but the high performance boating community is as generous as it comes, and this is further proof of that.

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