By: Mike Rhodes—
Muncie, IN—Three years ago, Derek Hilbert (D-Rock) had an idea. Four days before Thanksgiving, he found out someone he knew was in need for Thanksgiving. It made him think.
He wondered, “What can I do to help?” He decided to have a spontaneous event at the bar he worked that night, and called his impromptu event, Tips for Turkey.
“Tips” in this case, included all of Derek’s bartending tips he had received during the night. A Tuesday night.
He raised $250.00 that evening. Six families were helped. One from the downtown community and five additional Muncie families he found at local southside grocery stores. The shoppers had no idea someone was coming up behind them to help them. Derek said, “It was a really emotional experience and we knew we were making at least a small difference in someone’s life…at least temporarily.”
Derek said, “We go out and find unsuspecting shoppers in local grocery stores that we think may be able to benefit from acts of goodwill and kindness. It’s all about changing peoples lives and spreading the love in hopes that they at some point will be able to do the same for other families in need.”
Last year, Derek was able to raise $2305.00—enough money for Derek and his associates to take care of over 40 households right here in Muncie.”
In 2015, for example, there was a lady we approached. We got in the grocery line behind her. She was an older woman with two handicapped adult children. The woman could not understand…”Why me?” she said. I explained we just felt like she could use some help. A brief conversation ensued and the woman began crying. We paid her entire grocery bill—about $89.00. She was totally in tears. —Derek Hilbert
Tips for Turkey is in its third year and has already raised almost $1000.00. This year’s event will be held Tuesday November 22th at The Fickle Peach. Funds will be raised through raffles and silent auctions with artwork donated by local artists.
The following day, November 23rd, Derek and his associates will head out to local grocery stores to offer some random acts of financial kindness to those they think have a need.
If you would like to donate items, gift cards, or art, please contact D-Rock (Derek) through his Facebook event page. (Must login to Facebook to see.)
Starting at 5pm:
*Raffle ticket sales
* Silent auctions till 10pm
*Bell’s Tap Take over In Memory of Trevor Woodward including Six taps, Bell’s Two Hearted, Double Two Hearted, Double Brown Firkin, Amber, Porter and one TBA.
*Raffles Begin approx. every 20 Minutes.
Weekly Trivia till 9pm.
DJ Janell Summers will be playing all the Beats.
10pm: Silent auctions end.
All proceeds will go to local families in need. In addition, Adam Brogan of Scot’s Bar Chicago located at 1829 W. Montrose Ave, Chicago, IL will be donating all of his tips for the Tips for Turkeys event in Muncie.
Editor’s note: The event raised $4190 in five hours, to be distributed to needy families on November 23, 2016.