The evening wasn’t as well attended as hoped for, but the determination to make a difference, to do something positive to help prevent child abuse was just as strong as ever Saturday at Greensburg’s Knights of Columbus Hall during the Devin Parsons Benefit Dance.
Event organizer Bob Parsons, Devin Parsons’ great uncle, said he was disappointed by Saturday’s turnout, but that it would do nothing to deter his resolve to do keep Devin’s memory alive by keeping a public spotlight on the problem of child abuse.
Devin Parsons was murdered in his Greensburg home in June 2011 by his mother and her boyfriend. The case set off a call to arms for Bob Parsons and his brothers, Don, Randy and Bill, and the four have since founded the Devin Lee Parsons Child Abuse and Domestic Violence Foundation.
Proceeds from Saturday’s dance go toward the Annual Devin Parsons Never Be Forgotten Memorial Ride June 22 at Greensburg’s Knights of Columbus.
“I don’t know what more we could’ve done to publicize this event,” Bob Parsons said. “We ran it daily in the newspaper, advertised it on the radio and had fliers everywhere.”
Parsons conceded that his biggest mistake was, in all likelihood, scheduling the dance on the same night as Greensburg Community High School’s Prom.
“All the mommies and daddies and lots of other people who might’ve come to our dance are out doing Prom stuff,” he said.
He added, “Does child abuse in Decatur County stop because we had a disappointing turnout? Of course it doesn’t. So we’re going to keep doing what we have to do to motivate and energize people to do something about this problem. It takes a whole community to raise to raise a child; preventing child abuse is part of that effort. You can’t turn your back on this problem and pretend it’s going to go away. It won’t.”
He continued, “It took Devin’s death to wake our community up to this problem. Will another child have to die for something to be done about it? We hope not. We want people to wake up and pay attention.”
Bob Parsons added that although the Devin Lee Parsons Foundation won’t hold another benefit before the June 22 Memorial Ride, he’s certainly not done for the year. Asked whether he’d be interested in trying another dance later, this year Parsons was unsure.
“I wouldn’t rule it out,” he said. “I’ll try anything to help prevent child abuse.”
The Annual Devin Parsons Never Be Forgotten Memorial Ride will be held at Greensburg’s Knights of Columbus June 22. For more information, call 663-2607, 614-1687 or 663-6937.
Contact: Rob Cox at 812-663-3111 x7011