Oilfield Helping Hands hosting fundraiser

A local nonprofit dedicated to helping support struggling oil and gas workers in crisis is hosting its first fundraiser, the Black Gold Bash, on June 14 at La Hacienda, 12600 Highway 191.

The event is a benefit concert for the Permian Basin chapter of Oilfield Helping Hands, featuring country artists Wade Bowen and Stoney Larue, along with a VIP after party with Adam Wakefield from “The Voice.” All profits raised from the event will go directly to OHH.

“We are extremely excited to kick-off this event that will become an annual event,” OHH President Bill Markus said. This event will provide networking opportunities and great music, while supporting the vital mission of Oilfield Helping Hands. Our goal is to raise $100,000 from this event.”

OHH helps support workers in the oil and gas industry who are in a financial crisis through no fault of their own, be it damage from a hurricane or a fire or from just working in the oilfield. The Permian Basin Chapter is headed by its President Justin Robertson, who took over in March, after the chapter was restarted last December. Robertson said it had previously been shut down in 2013 during a downturn.

OHH originally got started in 2003, Robertson said, with just some people wanting to help out their friend who was going through a hard time financially, and since that time, OHH has grown and provided more than $4 million to oil and gas workers. They also have chapters in Houston, Oklahoma and Colorado.

This was a rush to put together, Robertson said, but OHH is already working on putting together another event this time next year as well.

There are still many tables available, with tables for four in the balcony for $1,500 and tables for eight sponsorships for $3,000. For more information or tickets, visit http://www.oilfieldhelpinghands.org/events/black-gold-bash.