Members of the community and the Columbia Police Department helped raise almost $3,000 at the Hilary Scott Band benefit concert Feb. 26 at Columbia College.
The proceeds will go to the Officer Down Fund to help the family of Officer Molly Bowden, who was shot in the line of duty on Jan. 10. Bowden died Feb. 10 of cranial meningitis related to the shooting.
Columbia College student and event coordinator Tim Fancher said that although the concert did not reach its goal of $10,000, it was a success on many levels.
“The crowd was definitely a case of quality over quantity,” Fancher said. He said he saw the Thomas family, the police chief and his wife, members of the Columbia Police Foundation, Curtis Brown and his girlfriend, and others at the event.
“I saw all of them smiling, and they seemed to really enjoy the concert, and that is more important than money,” Fancher said.
Brown, also a police officer, was shot Jan. 11 by the same man who shot Bowden.
Fancher said he thinks the community and officers gained a deeper sense of solidarity through the event, and he took satisfaction in knowing that the effort by Scott, a friend and singer/songwriter, was appreciated.
“There were some incredibly nice things said to Hilary, the band and me after the show,” Fancher said. “Those comments and compliments are yet another reason I know the show was such a hit.”