Beechwood charity event named in honor of Will Conway – The Vicksburg Post
People will gather on December 2 at the Beechwood Restaurant on Clay Street for a special cause and to remember a special man.
The Will Conway Children’s Charity Night will feature music, an auction and a drawing to benefit Jacob’s Ladder and Rainbow Farms. Doors open at 6 p.m. and the auction begins at 7 p.m.
“What really drew us in was that Will Conway was a student at Jacob’s Ladder and he was a friend of my family all his life, all my life,” Beechwood owner Will Hood said. one of the program organizers. “He’s always been very special to me over the years and he’s been one of the reasons we started doing it every year.”
Hood said Conway, who died in 2020 at the age of 32, “was a very special person to a lot of people in Vicksburg. No matter what he was going through physically, his health, his challenges, Will wouldn’t do it to you. never know. He always lived each day just with a smile and a nice attitude.
“That’s the one thing you could ever say about Will Conway; he always had a smile on his face,” Hood said.
He said Conway worked at McAlister’s Deli during lunch and then would go to Beechwood to hang out with friends.
“It’s always been a special place for him,” Hood said. “We loved having him here.”
Hood said the program, now named for Conway, began about 12 years ago.
“We used to do a small benefit at Beechwood for local children and have turned it into what it is now, where it benefits Jacob’s Ladder Learning Center and Rainbow Farms Therapeutic Riding Center for the disabled,” he said.
“Me and Ted Holman actually put this together, and we had some local musicians come in and play a little jam session. We charge a cover charge and hold a large live auction. We also have the draw and we do it every year. All the money we collect, all the profits, are shared between these charities.
Hood said the first Will Conway Memorial Children’s Charity Night was supposed to take place in 2020, but COVID-19 forced them to cancel the event.
“This year we are bringing it back in his honor, and every year it will be Will Conway Memorial Children’s Charity Night.”
Raffle tickets to enter the $1,000 draw are on sale now at Paper Plus and The Cinnamon Tree in downtown Vicksburg, and can also be purchased by calling Jacob’s Ladder School at 601-619-7002. Raffle tickets can be purchased now or at the event itself, and ticket holders do not need to be present at the event to win.