The Joplin Globe, Joplin, MO

February 21, 2013

Weather postpones fundraiser for Washburn family

By Joe Hadsall
Globe Features Editor

CARL JUNCTION, Mo. — A large fundraising event in Carl Junction has been postponed because of the recent bout of winter weather.

Jazz 'n' Java at the Junction, a benefit for the Washburn family, of Asbury, has been rescheduled for Friday, March 8,  at Carl Junction High School.

The winter storm forced many to stay home and not go to work, which made preparing food for the fundraiser difficult, said co-organizer Gary Stubblefield. Several of the high-school jazz bands scheduled to appear may also have has transportation difficulties because of the road conditions.

The decision to cancel the event was made after the printing deadline for the Globe's Friday Enjoy section, which features the event on the cover in the entertainment section.

"Originally we were going to wait until (Friday) to decide whether we should cancel," Stubblefield said. "But that wasn't fair to the donors. They were going to make food (today)."

Stubblefield said items donated for a silent auction will not be changed, and will still be available for bid during the rescheduled event.

John Washburn, his wife, Deborah, and their three daughters, Abby, 19, Samantha, 13, and Karli, 12, were hit head-on Jan. 12 in their SUV by another vehicle that was headed west in the eastbound lane of Interstate 44 in Jasper County.

Washburn and the driver of the other vehicle, Bonnie Weaver, of Tulsa, Okla., were both killed. Deborah Washburn and her daughters sustained serious injuries in the crash.

Changing names

Jazz 'n' Java at the Junction replaces the annual Rhythm and Hues festival in Carl Junction.