On Thursday, May 2nd, 2024, severe thunderstorms and tornadoes hit the Big Country. The main body of the storms landed just northwest of Abilene, hitting the town of Hawley, Texas, and destroying nearly two dozen homes, demolishing half of them. Many families were left completely homeless, as the photos below will show.

One family ran from their home in the middle of the tornado to a storm chaser vehicle parked nearby and asked to be transported to the nearest hospital in Abilene. The town of Hawley is trying to rebuild, and many of its neighbors are coming together from all around the Big Country to assist our neighbors and friends, showing the strength in our communities.

Rhythms of Resilience is a concert event designed to raise funds and assist families in and around Hawley affected by these brutal storms. This event will feature Red Dirt artists Mark Powell, Chris Lackey, Hawley's own Caleb Sutton, and Sam Moore from Alabama, whose sister is a Hawley resident.

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This event will celebrate our community unity and serve as a testament to the generous hearts, hardworking volunteers, business sponsors, friends, and neighbors who come together in times of need. Please donate to help our neighbors and Hawley rebuild. The QR code below allows you to purchase your tickets and/or donate to the cause.

Bring your family and friends for a fun gathering at the Hawley Youth Baseball Park located at FM-1226, 12226, Hawley. Every ticket and donation brings us a step closer to helping these families return to some form of normalcy.

Rhythms of Resilience will include live music, food, live and silent auctions, and much more. This is a BYOB & BYOChair event. Concert tickets are $20, the cooler fee is $10, and BBQ sandwich plates are $10. The event sponsors include Moore Services, LLC., Halligan, Hawley Youth Athletics, and Taylor Telecom.

For tickets or more information, please contact Brandi at (325) 669-9777 or Katelyn at (325) 201-0724, or email Brandi at brandiandbilly@gmail.com.

As Brandi Moore, the event founder, says, "Let's stand together, Texas strong, for a night of music and hope!" All proceeds will be divided among the families who suffered losses or damages due to the storm. Below are the videos of the storms.


LOOK: Abilene Listeners Capture Tornado-Warned Storm

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