Clarksdale Blues Revue raises funds for Care Station

By JOSH TROY / PRESS REGISTER,

 

Steve Kolbus & the Clarksdale Blues Revue band raised $550 for the Clarksdale Care Station during its 10-year anniversary celebration at Ground Zero Blues Club Friday night.

Sponsors donated a total of $500, $30 came from CD sales, and individuals at the celebration donated $20.

Kolbus sold six of his CDs “Boom, Boom, Boom.” Twenty-five percent of all CD sales go to the Care Station.  The CDs sold for $20 each, which means the Care Station accumulated another $30 on Friday. “Boom, Boom, Boom” was originally made in late 2010 and early 2011, but the new version sold is remixed and remastered.

“From our standpoint, we’ve increased the number of people we’re feeding significantly over the last year,” said Care Station board president Charlie Estess. “Last year, we were probably feeding 180 to 185 meals a day. Now, we’re feeding about 210 a day and then more people are dining in. It’s just taking more and more money to keep the operation running.”

Estess said the Care Station feeds a total of 1,200 individuals per week, five days a week, 50 weeks per year and gives out plates to 1,000 people every Thanksgiving. He added the Care Station has 200 volunteers with 15 to 20 volunteers per day.

“It’s all funded by people in Clarksdale. It’s no federal money with it,” Estess said. “It’s all 100 percent through people who give in Clarksdale and people who support the Care Station.

“Clarksdale is a very small town with a lot of people with big hearts that care about each other. We want to say a big thank you to Steve and his band.”

Estess remembered when the Care Station helped Kolbus when he was in need.

“Several years ago, Steve was living in the back seat of his car and he used to eat at the Care Station,” Estess said. “He did that for awhile, I think about a year, maybe. He wanted to do something to pay back to the Care Station. He came to us and asked if it was OK if he did this? We need to give a big round of applause to Steve and his band.”

“I’d like to thank people who helped me along the way, especially the Care Station over here,” Kolbus said. “Tonight, we’re benefitting the Clarksdale Care Station, the soup kitchen located about 200 yards that way. They fed me while I was hungry.

“There were a lot of days where that meal I got at the Care Station was the only thing I got that day. I wouldn’t to be able to survive in this town long enough to enjoy this 10-year anniversary with my band tonight if it weren’t for the great folks at the Care Station.”

Kolbus said a prayer during the celebration in honor of the Care Station.

“Before the meal, they start the day out with a little prayer, so we’re going to do the same thing,” he said.