Fund-raiser for Stephen Neipp a huge success

Linda Saholt

News Review Correspondent

Fund-raiser for Stephen Neipp a huge success“This is probably one of the most giving, generous communities around,” said Lynn Riddick, who organized an Aug. 11 fund-raising concert for Stephen Neipp. She pronounced the concert a huge success.

Stephen, 3, suffered third-degree burns to both feet and his lower right leg earlier this year, when he accidentally stepped on a downed power line. While Stephen is healing and is in good spirits, he has already undergone five surgeries for skin grafts. He is facing additional surgeries every six to 12 months until he stops growing at about age 18. The medical bills are enormous and will continue until he is fully grown.

Riddick and a group of musician friends collaborated to put on a concert at the Historic USO Building to raise funds to help with Stephen’s medical bills. The concert played to a packed house, with an estimated 200 people attending.

“Altogether the event generated over $8,000 with more on the way,” said Riddick. “People who weren’t able to give that night are still asking how to donate.” The staff at Bread of Life are accepting donations in cash and checks for this fund, and Our Saviors Lutheran will also accept donations on their behalf. People can make donations with a credit card at http://helpstephenand family.blogspot.com/.

“We more than met our goal of $1,500 in order to receive the one-third matching funds from Thrivent Financial,” said Riddick. “They sent the $500 as promised. On top of that, Thrivent also presented an additional check of $1,000.”

Riddick said the group is hoping additional donations will be able to bring in “another $2,000, making a nice round number of $10,000.” She went on to say,” We appreciate the generosity of this town. When people in Ridgecrest hurt, the community pulls together.”

You can also follow Stephen’s progress and recovery, as well as make donations to his PayPal account, at “Help Stephen & Family” on Facebook.

Story First Published: 2012-08-14