by Ron Gregory
CHARLESTON — With the approval of the family of Dawson Isom, the Corridor Chronicle staff has agreed to organize a “Tribute for Dawson” event sometime within the next few weeks.
“It is a particularly reasonable time to do such an event,” said one staff member. “It is time for the holiday season, when we are supposed to show concern for our fellow man. I can’t think of a better time to pray for a miracle and I think it is not even possible to pray too much. Everyone is praying for Dawson and we should get together and do it together.”
One planned aspect of the “Tribute” will be to honor Dawson Isom, the 18-year-old victim of a brutal attack in downtown Williamson back in May, for his school, athletic and civic career.
“Dawson is just a wonderful boy,” said the mother of one of his classmates. “We could not be getting together for any better young man or any better cause.”
While one purpose of the event would be to provide a centralized location where donations can be made to the family to help with exorbitant expenses and income losses, that is not the organizers’ major purpose. Instead, the organizers hope the event will serve to bring the entire Mingo and Pike County communities together in a show of love for their neighbor and his family.
This will not be an event where blame will be laid or criticism will be leveled. “We save that for our newspaper editorial pages,” said Corridor Chronicle Editor Ron Gregory. “Everyone will be welcome at this tribute and I can assure one and all that everyone will be treated as a friend that day.”
Organizers are asking for community help in putting this event together. We have not selected a site; a date; or arranged other details at this point. With this notice, the Chronicle is requesting volunteers to help with planning the arrangements. Those who contact us within the next week or so will be included in all planning meetings, which will be scheduled in the Williamson/South Williamson area.
Those willing to help are asked to either respond here at this site, or by emailing email@example.com or calling 304-533-5185. Again, the event is planned as a tribute to the continued life of Dawson Isom and his immediate family. We hope many are willing to assist in this effort.