On Saturday, July 28th, the Atascocita location of Panera Bread held a benefit for the families of Salma Gomez and Chloe Robison, the two Atascocita High School students who died in last Wednesday’s car crash. 30% of Saturday’s proceeds between 5-10pm went to the two families and cookies were also sold for $2 each, with 100% of those proceeds going directly to the Gomez and Robison families. Students from Atascocita High School that knew Gomez and Robison also organized a bracelet sale outside the establishment, with those proceeds also going to the families.
“It all came together in 24 hours,” owner Keith Isbell said when asked about the idea for the benefit. “A lot of people were wanting to do something, not just the parents but the kids also. After kicking around ideas, it became more about including the kids because of their reach on social media. Getting the word out was critical and the kids did a great job. The sole purpose behind this was the heartbreak that came with the loss of two beautiful sixteen year old kids. If you knew them or even if you didn’t know them, it created a lot of darkness and dysfunction in this community. The goal of the benefit was to shed light on this time.” Festivities included basketball, a children’s playhouse & ping pong.
Isbell himself has two children, one of whom graduated from Atascocita and the other an incoming junior, the same grade as the two victims in the tragedy.
According to Meagin Small, the local Area Director for Panera Bread, the fundraiser brought in over $5,000 for the families. Small also stated that she “really loved the turnout and watching our community have a positive impact on such a difficult week”.
The viewing for Salma Gomez will be Sunday, July 29th from 5-8pm at Rosewood Funeral Home in Atascocita, with the funeral service the following day from 2-3pm. The viewing for Chloe Robison is set for Wednesday, August 1st from 9-11am at The Luke Church in Humble, with the funeral service following immediately after.
Story by Gavin Moritz
Edited by Jordan Yost