Run brings color, fun to Elkin Park


Families involved in tragedy to benefit from proceeds

By Wendy Byerly Wood - [email protected]



Elkin’s Anthony Parigi, left, who was a cast member of Redneck Island, shares a laugh Saturday at a benefit color run with Kent Suddreth, whose home was burned during a tragic shooting and fire June 22 in the Ronda community. The color run was organized to benefit the Suddreths, the Russells and the Myerses.


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Wilkes County Sheriff’s Sgt. Steven Russell, center, one of three men injured during a June 22 shooting and fire incident in the Ronda community, is flanked by reality TV stars Jeremy Morris, left, and Elkin’s Anthony Parigi, both of CMT’s Redneck Island, Saturday during a benefit color run for the three families involved in the incident.


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Kent Suddreth is “painted” in pink by Jean Frye after the benefit color run held Saturday to benefit Suddreth’s family as well as two other families involved in the tragic shooting and fire incident in Ronda community June 22.


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Everyone involved in Saturday’s color run has a big end of run celebration paint party in front of the Elkin Municipal Park band shell as CMT reality TV star John Tart of Redneck Island gets a picture on his selfie stick from the band shell stage.


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Brittany Eller, right, and Jean Frye make sure runners get pink during the benefit color run held Saturday at Elkin Municipal Park.


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Kent Suddreth’s family members, Teresa Tharpe, left, and Susan Baker, right, walk with Sgt. Steven Russell’s children, Charlie, 9, and Meredith, 7, during Saturday’s benefit color run at Elkin Municipal Park.


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CMT reality TV stars and the Sports Ministries team pose on the Elkin Municipal Park band shell stage for a group shot following the color run Saturday. Those helping with the event are Brittany Woodle, Anthony Parigi, John Tart, Jeremy Morris, Karynda Worchester, Cody Hodge, Taylor Anderson, Jared Cavanaugh, Shelby Bishop, Mallory Todd and Danny Todd.


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Everyone involved in Saturday’s color run has a big end of run celebration paint party in front of the Elkin Municipal Park band shell.


Wendy Byerly Wood | Elkin Tribune

Brittany Eller, right, and Jean Frye, make sure runners get pink during the benefit color run held Saturday at Elkin Municipal Park.


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Brittany Eller, right, and Jean Frye make sure runner Reagan Wright of Jonesville gets pink during the benefit color run held Saturday at Elkin Municipal Park as Jason Bowlin of Hays watches in the background.


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Kent and Teresa Suddreth, whose family was one of three involved in a shooting and house fire June 22 in the Ronda community, watch color run participants at the Elkin Municipal Park Saturday.


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Brittany Eller, right, and Jean Frye make sure runners get pink during the benefit color run held Saturday at Elkin Municipal Park.


Wendy Byerly Wood | Elkin Tribune

Everyone involved in Saturday’s color run has a big end of run celebration paint party in front of the Elkin Municipal Park band shell.


Wendy Byerly Wood | Elkin Tribune

Everyone involved in Saturday’s color run has a big end of run celebration paint party in front of the Elkin Municipal Park band shell.


Wendy Byerly Wood | Elkin Tribune

By the end of Saturday’s color run benefit, nearly everyone attending looked like a rainbow had exploded on them – with pink, orange, green, blue, yellow and more dusting their hair, skin and clothes. And all of them were having fun, laughing, smiling, playing and dancing to the music.

The color run, the brainchild of Anthony Parigi, was held to rain money for the three families affected by a tragic shooting and fire in the Ronda community earlier this year, and despite rainy weather and a soggy gravel dust trail as the walking and running surface 99 people registered for the event, put on by Sports Ministries out of Mississippi.

“It’s just unbelievable. Not just this, but the outpouring of our neighbors, friends, family since then,” said Kent Suddreth, whose home was burned down during the incident and who was hospitalized after a flare exploded on his stomach. “To know somebody would come from Mississippi.

“Everybody looks like they are having a good time,” said Suddreth, who later was covered in pink color run paint himself.

“We’re all getting back on our feet and healing, both mentally and physically,” he said of those involved, which included himself, his two children and wife, his mother, the Myers family and Wilkes County Sheriff’s Sgt. Steven Russell and his family who live just four miles from where the incident took place. Both Zach Myers and Russell suffered gunshot wounds in the incident, which ended in the shooter’s death by Wilkes County Sheriff’s officers.

“We are supposed to start rebuilding our house next week,” added Suddreth, who said it will sit behind where the first house was on the same property. “The good Lord blessed us. We don’t have any enemies.”

The home is being built by Opie Newman, and Suddreth said his family, who has been living in a cabin owned by his brother, is looking forward to getting settled in their new home.

And the outpouring of care Suddreth spoke of wasn’t limited to people from the local area. “We had clothes sent all the way from Maine from people who saw it on the news and on the internet.

“It’s hard to believe there are so many people who care,” he said. “That’s probably what kept us from going insane.”

A supper was held Friday night at the Elkin Rescue Squad for the families involved, the sponsors of the run, the reality TV stars who came to town to take part and the Sports Ministries crew who came from Mississippi to put on the event.

“These guys putting this on, Sports Ministries are good people,” Suddreth said.

“I think it’s a blessing we have this kind of community that comes together to help each other,” said Becky Russell, wife of Sgt. Russell.

Sgt. Russell said he just had left his home for work the morning of the incident when he responded.

Danny Todd, founder of Sports Ministries, said Saturday’s color run was definitely hurt by the rain, “but with all the other festivities going on, I think we had a great turnout.”

In his fun, carefree and joking way, Parigi started out the pack of runners and then just a few feet ahead of the starting line, made a U-turn back toward the band shell at Elkin Municipal Park. While several people were giving him a hard time about cheating, Parigi did go on to complete the course and was covered in the rainbow array of colors like everyone else in the end.

“I think today was awesome for the rain and conditions,” said Parigi of the event. “We had a great turnout.

“We got wet and dirty. I got to hang out with my CMT family and friends. And I was the first to start and first done,” he said, laughing about the “cheating” incident.

He said if another time arises when a fundraiser like a color run is needed in the community, “I definitely think we can do it again.”

Brittany Eller of Cavu Printing was a sponsor of the event, providing all the posters, T-shirts and marketing materials. She said she got on board with the project, “because I wanted to be part of the community to give back to the people who were affected by such a tragic event.”

Reality TV stars from CMT’s Redneck Island and Party Down South attending included Brittany Woodle, Parigi, John Tart, Jeremy Morris, Karynda Worchester, Cody Hodge and Taylor Anderson. Sports Ministries volunteers included Todd, Jared Cavanaugh, Shelby Bishop, Mallory Todd, Jean Frye and Eller.

Wendy Byerly Wood may be reached at 336-258-4035 or on Twitter @wendywoodeditor.

Elkin’s Anthony Parigi, left, who was a cast member of Redneck Island, shares a laugh Saturday at a benefit color run with Kent Suddreth, whose home was burned during a tragic shooting and fire June 22 in the Ronda community. The color run was organized to benefit the Suddreths, the Russells and the Myerses.
http://elkintribune.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/09/web1_color-run-1.jpgElkin’s Anthony Parigi, left, who was a cast member of Redneck Island, shares a laugh Saturday at a benefit color run with Kent Suddreth, whose home was burned during a tragic shooting and fire June 22 in the Ronda community. The color run was organized to benefit the Suddreths, the Russells and the Myerses. Wendy Byerly Wood | Elkin Tribune

Wilkes County Sheriff’s Sgt. Steven Russell, center, one of three men injured during a June 22 shooting and fire incident in the Ronda community, is flanked by reality TV stars Jeremy Morris, left, and Elkin’s Anthony Parigi, both of CMT’s Redneck Island, Saturday during a benefit color run for the three families involved in the incident.
http://elkintribune.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/09/web1_color-run-2.jpgWilkes County Sheriff’s Sgt. Steven Russell, center, one of three men injured during a June 22 shooting and fire incident in the Ronda community, is flanked by reality TV stars Jeremy Morris, left, and Elkin’s Anthony Parigi, both of CMT’s Redneck Island, Saturday during a benefit color run for the three families involved in the incident. Wendy Byerly Wood | Elkin Tribune

Kent Suddreth is “painted” in pink by Jean Frye after the benefit color run held Saturday to benefit Suddreth’s family as well as two other families involved in the tragic shooting and fire incident in Ronda community June 22.
http://elkintribune.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/09/web1_color-run-3.jpgKent Suddreth is “painted” in pink by Jean Frye after the benefit color run held Saturday to benefit Suddreth’s family as well as two other families involved in the tragic shooting and fire incident in Ronda community June 22. Wendy Byerly Wood | Elkin Tribune

Everyone involved in Saturday’s color run has a big end of run celebration paint party in front of the Elkin Municipal Park band shell as CMT reality TV star John Tart of Redneck Island gets a picture on his selfie stick from the band shell stage.
http://elkintribune.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/09/web1_color-run-4.jpgEveryone involved in Saturday’s color run has a big end of run celebration paint party in front of the Elkin Municipal Park band shell as CMT reality TV star John Tart of Redneck Island gets a picture on his selfie stick from the band shell stage. Wendy Byerly Wood | Elkin Tribune

Brittany Eller, right, and Jean Frye make sure runners get pink during the benefit color run held Saturday at Elkin Municipal Park.
http://elkintribune.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/09/web1_color-run-5.jpgBrittany Eller, right, and Jean Frye make sure runners get pink during the benefit color run held Saturday at Elkin Municipal Park. Wendy Byerly Wood | Elkin Tribune

Kent Suddreth’s family members, Teresa Tharpe, left, and Susan Baker, right, walk with Sgt. Steven Russell’s children, Charlie, 9, and Meredith, 7, during Saturday’s benefit color run at Elkin Municipal Park.
http://elkintribune.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/09/web1_color-run-6.jpgKent Suddreth’s family members, Teresa Tharpe, left, and Susan Baker, right, walk with Sgt. Steven Russell’s children, Charlie, 9, and Meredith, 7, during Saturday’s benefit color run at Elkin Municipal Park. Wendy Byerly Wood | Elkin Tribune

CMT reality TV stars and the Sports Ministries team pose on the Elkin Municipal Park band shell stage for a group shot following the color run Saturday. Those helping with the event are Brittany Woodle, Anthony Parigi, John Tart, Jeremy Morris, Karynda Worchester, Cody Hodge, Taylor Anderson, Jared Cavanaugh, Shelby Bishop, Mallory Todd and Danny Todd.
http://elkintribune.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/09/web1_color-run-7.jpgCMT reality TV stars and the Sports Ministries team pose on the Elkin Municipal Park band shell stage for a group shot following the color run Saturday. Those helping with the event are Brittany Woodle, Anthony Parigi, John Tart, Jeremy Morris, Karynda Worchester, Cody Hodge, Taylor Anderson, Jared Cavanaugh, Shelby Bishop, Mallory Todd and Danny Todd. Wendy Byerly Wood | Elkin Tribune

Everyone involved in Saturday’s color run has a big end of run celebration paint party in front of the Elkin Municipal Park band shell.
http://elkintribune.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/09/web1_color-run-8.jpgEveryone involved in Saturday’s color run has a big end of run celebration paint party in front of the Elkin Municipal Park band shell. Wendy Byerly Wood | Elkin Tribune

Brittany Eller, right, and Jean Frye, make sure runners get pink during the benefit color run held Saturday at Elkin Municipal Park.
http://elkintribune.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/09/web1_color-run-9.jpgBrittany Eller, right, and Jean Frye, make sure runners get pink during the benefit color run held Saturday at Elkin Municipal Park. Wendy Byerly Wood | Elkin Tribune

Brittany Eller, right, and Jean Frye make sure runner Reagan Wright of Jonesville gets pink during the benefit color run held Saturday at Elkin Municipal Park as Jason Bowlin of Hays watches in the background.
http://elkintribune.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/09/web1_color-run-10.jpgBrittany Eller, right, and Jean Frye make sure runner Reagan Wright of Jonesville gets pink during the benefit color run held Saturday at Elkin Municipal Park as Jason Bowlin of Hays watches in the background. Wendy Byerly Wood | Elkin Tribune

Kent and Teresa Suddreth, whose family was one of three involved in a shooting and house fire June 22 in the Ronda community, watch color run participants at the Elkin Municipal Park Saturday.
http://elkintribune.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/09/web1_color-run-11.jpgKent and Teresa Suddreth, whose family was one of three involved in a shooting and house fire June 22 in the Ronda community, watch color run participants at the Elkin Municipal Park Saturday. Wendy Byerly Wood | Elkin Tribune

Brittany Eller, right, and Jean Frye make sure runners get pink during the benefit color run held Saturday at Elkin Municipal Park.
http://elkintribune.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/09/web1_color-run-12.jpgBrittany Eller, right, and Jean Frye make sure runners get pink during the benefit color run held Saturday at Elkin Municipal Park. Wendy Byerly Wood | Elkin Tribune

Everyone involved in Saturday’s color run has a big end of run celebration paint party in front of the Elkin Municipal Park band shell.
http://elkintribune.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/09/web1_color-run-13.jpgEveryone involved in Saturday’s color run has a big end of run celebration paint party in front of the Elkin Municipal Park band shell. Wendy Byerly Wood | Elkin Tribune

Everyone involved in Saturday’s color run has a big end of run celebration paint party in front of the Elkin Municipal Park band shell.
http://elkintribune.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/09/web1_color-run-14.jpgEveryone involved in Saturday’s color run has a big end of run celebration paint party in front of the Elkin Municipal Park band shell. Wendy Byerly Wood | Elkin Tribune
Families involved in tragedy to benefit from proceeds

By Wendy Byerly Wood

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