The Tribute for Jim Ricks was an all-day event, beginning at 10:00 A.M and ending at 6:30 P.M. in downtown Cadiz, across from City Hall and Jim’s Music Store. Two locations where Ricks worked tirelessly on behalf of the community and the many musicians he supported.
“Erika Lancaster (of Studio 68) started this as a benefit for me, but I really didn’t like that idea. I have plenty of health insurance and qualify for Medicare. I really appreciate it, but really don’t need a benefit for me, so I asked her to give the proceeds to the Trigg County Relay For Life, so that everyone is helped. Whether we bring in $100 or $10,000, it will all go to the Relay,” said Ricks.
Lancaster, who organized the event, enlisting musicians and entertainers, as well as food contributions from Timbers Steakhouse and Hancock’s Market, said that her efforts were a labor of love for a longtime community leader and friend. “The reason we are doing this is because of his big heart. Jim tries to help everyone, and got on the bandwagon for this event to help others. We know what a positive influence he has on the community and he has touched so many hearts. I wanted to give something back to him, after he has given everyone else so much.”
Ricks, weakened by a recent session of chemotherapy, had the best seat in the house to enjoy live music, and perform some “people-watching.” Seated in a brown recliner behind the glass door of Peoples’ Realty on Main Street with his family and close friends, he greeted a steady stream of friends and well-wishers.
Lancaster said that the event featured several live bands, and would also have a cake-walk and a silent auction to raise funds for the Trigg County Relay. Hamburgers, pork chop sandwiches, chips, drinks and snow cones were also sold at the event.
With a mouth slightly reddened by a frosty snow cone, Ricks said his health was about where he expected. “I just had chemo, but I’m not in pain. It’s just lung cancer,” he smiled a bit. “I am weak right now, and but week I’ll be stronger. Soon, I’ll be running around like a chicken with its head cut off, until the next treatment.”
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