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Benefit for Richard Durrett Climbs Past $200,000 Mark

Proceeds go to the Richard Durrett Family Fund

Organizers of the Do It for Durrett Benefit Concert held earlier this week say they've raised more than $200,000 for the family of Richard Durrett, a DFW-area sports writer who died in June at just 38-years-old.

For the last five years, Durrett covered the Rangers and other teams for ESPN Dallas. Prior to that, he worked for The Dallas Morning News.

After Durrett passed, the benefit concert and auction was organized to raise money for his wife Kelly and two children.

"The 14 live auctions raised $69,500. Two experiences at Lone Star Park with Metroplex sports icon Randy Galloway brought in $14,000. Three experiences involving the Texas Rangers combined to raise more than $10,000" organizers said. "The silent auction also sizzled, with 39 lots creating a frenzied east side of the main stage. Texas Rangers pitcher Derek Holland made sure the silent auction coffers were full by doubling up on the opportunity for a date with Derek. The two dates added more than $7,000 to the final tally."

"I don't even know how to thank everyone," said Emily Jones, who spearheaded the event. "We had lofty expectations, but I doubt anyone thought we could raise more than $200,000. It's a tribute to the kind of person Richard was that so many people chipped in and made this a night that no one will soon forget."

To date, $202,968 has been raised for the Richard Durrett Family Fund.

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