Benefit being planned for Kite man burned in campground explosion


Caring about each other, helping a neighbor is second nature in the South. That’s why a small group of individuals have come together to organize a benefit for Brack Tanner, a 42-year-old Kite man who sustained injuries in an accident in mid March.


According to Brack’s sister, Nan, he and their mother, Nancy, along with his wife, Christy, were setting up camp at Raysville Campground in Thomson on March 19 when he was burned by a small explosion while lighting the campfire. Brack was rushed by ambulance to Joseph M. Still Burn Center at Doctors Hospital in Augusta. Upon arrival, the doctor determined 40 percent of his body was burned, including both arms and legs.


He remains in the burn ICU at Doctors Hospital, where he has faced several surgeries with more required before he can be released.


In the weeks since the accident, Savannah Tanner and Stephen Beasley have worked to organize a benefit to help with expenses associated with Brack and Christy being out of work while accruing medical bills. The raffle will feature various prizes valued at $200+ each, such as cookers, grills, hunting trips, fishing trips, gift baskets, gift certificates, and more. The drawing will be held May 1 during a benefit supper and auction inside Kite Gym. Doors will open at 6 p.m. with supper beginning at 7 with the auction to follow at 8. To purchase tickets or for more information, contact Beasley at 478-494-7220 or Savannah Tanner at 478-357-6551.


Brack’s late father, H. Randall Tanner, was the agriculture teacher and FFA sponsor for Swainsboro High School for 25 years. Brack is employed today by U.S. Silicia in Millen while Christy, daughter of Dawson and Angie Drew, works for Community Health Care Systems of Sandersville. Brack has two nephews, William and Harrison Tanner, and three nices, Kara, Kadah, and Kinlee Drew.

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