Timmy Green has lived in his current trailer since 2002. It was purchased by his grandmother soon after he graduated from college. Timmy, who was born with cerebral palsy, lives on a fixed income and makes extra money in the summer months as a DJ at Roadrunner, where he has lived for 8 years.
Erica Jones, a bartender at the riverfront resort, started a secret fundraiser in March 2016 with her idea of surprising Timmy for his 40th birthday. Her goal was set for $3500. She managed to raise $6500.
“Erica found a nice park model in Quartzsite for the amount raised,” said Erin Monasmith, a friend of Timmy’s. “The owner Nancy Voohries and her husband, knowing about the fundraiser, gave Erica a killer deal on the trailer. With the remaining money they made improvements to it and after that there’s just enough to cover his February rent.”
The team of volunteers involved in the plot to replace Timmy’s trailer increased in number, and Timmy’s trip to Vegas for his birthday last weekend was targeted as the perfect date to pull it off. They arranged for the old trailer to be hauled out while Timmy was gone and the new one to arrive and be placed in its spot.
“Erica, her husband Kyle and friends near and far have worked day and night,” Erin added. “It’s also been one hell of a secret to hide for almost a year!”
Roadrunner owner Stephanie McCormack said it was a matter of a local business that has become family, a place that Timmy calls home along with people from all over who return repeatedly.
“Three men from California came in, tore it down, then it just busted out from there,” she said. “The Roadrunner family from near and far pulled this off: a big family from Canada, Alaska, the Netherlands and all over the United States.”
When Timmy showed up on Sunday evening, there were tears of joy in the faces of the huge crowd who were there to see the look on his face. He composed himself enough to cut the ribbon and enter his new home, courtesy of a wider Parker family that includes many comers and goers from all over.
“Just sitting back and watching the event unfold blew me away,” Stephanie said.
Timmy can be found most spring and summer weekends at the Roadrunner Tiki Bar DJ booth. Photos via Josh Savino.