By BRIAN SMITH
When Matt Jones and his wife Jodi, co-owners of GamerTagz in Weatherford, were approached to help out with a fundraiser for Aledo teen Dylan Hancock, who is recovering from a recent heart transplant, there were no questions asked.
“(Jodi’s) uncle had a heart transplant 18 years ago, so this is personal to us,” Matt Jones said during a fundraiser Saturday to help the Hancock family with the construction of a “House of Hope” to reduce the threat of illness and complications following the surgery. When complete, the house will have all hard surfaces along with top of the line water and air filtration systems.
Jones said he was working at a recent First Friday event in Aledo and was asked if the mobile trailer GamerTagz has could be used at a planned fundraiser. The Jones offered to host the entire event, which included a Family Game Night for Dylan, which raised about $700 Friday night, Jones said, adding that the hope was to raise about $20,000 over the weekend.
A number of groups and individuals took part in the Saturday event outside GamerTagz, including Parker County Cruisers, which had a number of members bring out their classic vehicles for the crowd to look at. Home Depot had a number of workshops going on to keep the children active. Members of the Weatherford High School cheerleading squads also helped sell 50/50 raffle tickets.
Two raffles were being held for the family, including one for a 50/50 raffle. Matt Jones said members of the Roger Williams family came through with a number of tremendous prizes, including four 50-yard line tickets to a TCU football game and a check to help to move the project along. Jones said the family was instrumental in picking up the cost for the concrete for the home as well.
“Pretty much everyone in the shopping center has come on board ot help us out with this,” Matt Jones said. “Everything that has been provided has been a true donation, not at a reduced cost.”