It’s true that Powell is a special place to call home — a place where neighbors look out for each other in an area surrounded by natural beauty. But the trait we’re most thankful …
It’s true that Powell is a special place to call home — a place where neighbors look out for each other in an area surrounded by natural beauty. But the trait we’re most thankful for is the way this community steps up to help those in need, even if they’ve never met. Though small in size, Powell is mighty in giving.
Recent events have shown the community’s caring spirit in powerful ways.
Since a terrible crash on the second day of his senior year, Ethan Asher has remained in an intensive care unit in Billings with his family by his side. Dozens in the community gathered to pray for the Panther quarterback on the day after the Aug. 27 crash, and fundraising efforts quickly followed. During the Panther football team’s home opener Friday night versus the Worland Warriors, the teams and their fans raised more than $30,000 to help the Asher family with medical bills and other expenses.
The Lady Panthers volleyball team will host a Team Ethan Night during their home opener Thursday, and local businesses have stepped up to support the Ashers with a variety of benefits and donations.
But it doesn’t stop there. Across the Cowboy State and beyond, people are sharing Asher’s story and stepping up to show their support.
“The overabundance of generosity is spreading like wildfire across our state,” parents Andy and Tiffani Asher wrote in a post on Sunday. “We are humbled and honored for your generosity at every event with every school. Thank you greatly!”
In addition, the community is also supporting Rylee Ramsey, a young woman from Powell who was seriously injured after being thrown from a horse on Aug. 27. While Ramsey is home from the hospital, she has a long road of recovery ahead.
While life changed in an instant for Asher and Ramsey — as well as their families — we’re so thankful their stories didn’t end that day. Both teens can be assured they have the support of their hometown in the challenges ahead.
For another example of how Powell cares for families through difficulties, just look at the Hitting for Hometown Heros softball tournament. Over the past 10 years, the benefit tournament has raised tens of thousands of dollars for local families dealing with unforeseen events. The 10th and final tournament over the weekend honored the late Calvin Sanders, a beloved Powell fireman and Little League umpire who dedicated his life to serving this community. As Sanders continues to be missed, the Powell community also continues to remember his legacy.
Our town has experienced its share of tragedies and losses, many of which are not included here. But amid those hardships, we often see the best in our community.