Morgan Co. man raises money for tornado relief, years after losing his own home in the storm

LEXINGTON, Ky. (WKYT) — It’s a combination of craft beer and Kentucky musicians, but Sunday night well spent actually has a much larger purpose.

“The goal was just to say, ‘Hey, we’ve got you all on our minds. And it’s not just going to be a one or two month thing, we’re here for you for the long haul,’ the program chair said. Appalachian pioneer Austin Shuck.

Shuck started the Appalachian Pioneer program in 2020. Since then, he’s used his nonprofit to try to erase the stigma in the Appalachian region.

“Invert the narrative that the people of this region are problems and provide a platform that says, ‘Hey, we’re problem solvers and innovators. “”

Which leads to Shuck’s latest efforts over the past few months, working with craft brewers and musicians to raise money for the Western Kentucky Tornado Relief Fund, which is exactly what they’re doing at West Sixth Brewing.

“A lot of times people go through something that seems so hopeless. It’s like we were literally playing music and drinking beer which we enjoyed and were able to help. So if we can encourage people just by doing things we’re passionate about, that’s kind of all it takes. So if we can encourage people just by doing things we’re passionate about, that’s kind of all it takes. So if you can be there for someone when they have nothing at all, but you show them that we can always fall back on our passions, that’s good when times are dark.

Shuck lost himself in that darkness in 2012 when a tornado destroyed his West Liberty home.

“If I had said, like six years ago, that I would use the worst thing that ever happened to me to help people, I would say that you are crazy. But that is what we are trying to do through this platform. To take the unfortunate times, and also the best times, and say, “Hey, we can use them to help people, no matter what you’re going through,” Shuck said.

Use a passion to find this light.

You can read more about Shuck’s work and his podcast, “What the Shuck,” by clicking the link here.

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