September 18, 2012
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McKenzie Cockey Payne
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4th Annual LukeFest Benefit
Raises Funds for Recovery Support Services
LukeFest, an annual benefit event to support the Luke Cockey Memorial Scholarship Fund, will take place on Saturday, October 27, from 1 p.m.-8p.m. at Hanover Courthouse Ruritan Park, 14022 Hanover Quarter Road Hanover, Virginia. The money raised at this event will help provide recovery support services for those seeking treatment from substance use disorders that may be unable to afford them.
During the early morning hours of January 24, 2008, Tim and JoAnn Cockey received a call that no parent ever wants to hear. Their son, Luke Delaney Glen Cockey, had been rushed to the hospital with severe head trauma. After hours of tests and surgeries, Cockey passed away the next day.
Every year, Tim and JoAnn honor his memory by helping others in his name. LukeFest is complete with live music, a corn hole tournament, moon bounce, door prizes, oysters, Brunswick stew, Pit Beef, Vegetarian Chili and fun for the entire family. All of the funds raised will go towards a scholarship and endowment fund in Luke’s name. To date, this scholarship has provided services and support for over fifteen residents at the McShin Foundation.
Tim and JoAnn witnessed their son experience recovery, which were some of his happiest times. Their commitment to helping others has just begun. As an organ donor, Cockey gave the gift of life to four people and enhanced the lives of many others. With this fund, they hope to create a lasting legacy of his generous spirit by helping to make a difference in the lives of others in his name.