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His fractured ankle led to amputation, now the community is hosting a benefit

Jason Rodriguez

A benefit for Jay Rodriguez will be held Saturday from 2-7 p.m. at Danny Lee’s Place in Socastee to help raise funds for bills and expenses incurred after a minor injury suffered by the Myrtle Beach local last year turned tragic.

The former Sun News reporter and editor, also known in the community for his weekend passion as a karaoke DJ, fractured a bone in his right foot in November that quickly became infected, forcing doctors to amputate his lower right leg.

Shortly after he was released from the hospital, Rodriquez suffered a mild heart attack, which required three stints leading to his heart in a surgery performed during the Christmas holiday.

The community is coming together to help Rodriguez and his family afford bills and expenses, as he has been without a full-time paycheck since mid-November.

In addition to today’s benefit, a Go Fund Me page to collect $7,000 to cover bills has also raised more than $4,000.

Numerous area businesses have kicked in special give-aways for today’s event at Danny Lee’s Place, including tickets to the Carolina Country Music Fest, and a Masters concert package with tickets to see Hootie and Blowfish in concert.

Here’s a complete list of the raffle prizes, proceeds of which will go to Rodriquez.

$10 raffle items

+ 58-inch 4K HDR Smart TV
+ Monday After the Masters Concert Package – Two tickets to the Hootie and the Blowfish concert at House of Blues on April 14 and two tickets to the Pro-Am Golf Outing
+ Carolina Country Music Fest — Two tickets to their three-day concert
+ Two-player arcade game table
+ Duel Fuel Charcoal/Gas Grill
+ 6-gallon air compressor with three nailers — a crown stapler, brad nailer and a finish nailer
+ Myrtle Beach Pelicans – Four tickets to a 2019 Myrtle Beach Pelicans game; a Willson Contreras (All-Star catcher for Chicago Cubs) autographed baseball; two bottles of whiskey and more
+Legends in Concert – Four VIP tickets to an upcoming show, complete with concierge for snacks and drinks

$5 Raffle items

+ + +The Carolina Opry – Three four pack of tickets to shows; One set each for regular show, their Time Warp show and their Christmas show
+ +LuLu’s at Barefoot Landing – Two $100 gift cards
+ 2 All day Waterpark passes to Myrtle Waves
+ 2 All Day Passes to Broadway Grand Prix
+ 2 All Day Waterpark Passes to Wild Water and Wheels
+ House of Blues – Two tickets to an upcoming show
+ Captain Morgan neon bar light
+ Four tickets to Ripley’s aquarium
+ Lucky basket with lottery scratch off tickets and mini bottles of liquor
+ Gamecocks wine basket
+ Clemson wine basket
+ Fireball basket
Oceanscape framed photo

$2 Raffle items

(Per Pair) Carolina Comedy Club – 10 Pair of Carolina Comedy Club tickets
Spa basket
Man basket
Movie basket
Party basket
Sundae basket
Candle basket
Oreo basket
$50 – Shear Beauty Boss gift card
Four wine glasses
(2) $50 – Hooked Soul (Apparel)
$50 – Hurricanes
The Bowery Basket with Tshirts, cups, etc.
$50 Tanger Outlet
$50 RipTydz
$25 Bumsteads/Dagwood’s Deli