Letter writer: I tip my cap to Asheville for heart-surgery fundraiser

Graphic by Lori Deaton

After recently undergoing open-heart surgery to fix a severely leaking valve, I was shocked and surprised to find out the Asheville community had come together to help my family out with a fundraiser.

The mountains surrounding here are in my soul and so are all of the many lifelong friends I have made here. Thanks to the Desoto Lounge and its crew for hosting this event and for gathering up such a great group of folks. Josh, Lisa, Sabrina and Timmy — you rock!

Many heartfelt thanks to Asheville Brewing Co., Oyster House Brewing Co., Ben’s Tune Up, Westville Pub, Creekside Taphouse, Mellow Mushroom, Sunny Point Cafe, Harvest Records, artists Gus Cutty, Dustin Spagnola, Aaron Wackenhut, Nora Hartlaub, Chuck Giezentanner, Keith Minguez and performers Couples Skate and Case Quarter for their valuable time and donations.

I wish I could’ve been there — I heard it was a lot of fun! Many, many thanks to all of you. I tip my cap to Asheville.

— Kris Riddle
Asheville

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