Coop-You and Barbecue benefit this weekend

A local business owner who has been fighting for his life since Oct. 5 will be the recipient of the proceeds of an upcoming benefit. Coopy White, owner of the Coopy's Body Shop, was found in his home Oct. 7, unconscious with a severe head injury after falling from his bedroom balcony. When unable to reach her father by phone for a couple of days, White's daughter Brandy called on friends to check on her father. LeFlore County Deputies were called to White's home to discover him critically injured. LeFlore County Emergency Medical Services treated White until the arrival of a medical helicopter that took him to St. Francis Hospital in Tulsa. White is listed in critical condition. In response to White's condition and extended stay in the Tulsa hospital, friends and family have rallied to hold a benefit to help White and his family with medical expenses. The Coop-You and Barbecue Fundraiser will be held this Saturday and Sunday at Party Farms located at 2400 Central St. in Poteau. On Saturday, there will be live music, including Terry and the Executives who are well known for playing a song many years dedicated to White "Hang on Coopy." Terry and the Executives also will play a second set at 7 p.m. at The Lounge in Poteau. Also slated during the event is a poker run, pie auction and redneck games. The poker run is $15 and $10 for each additional rider. It will held on Sunday. The pie auction will take place saturday only from 4 p.m. until all items are sold. Both days will be filled with redneck games such as redneck horseshoes, mud-flop contest, hubcap hurl, greased watermelon haul and more. There will be kids games with prizes and inflatables to keep the children entertained. Admission is $5 per day at Party Farms, redneck games participation fee is $5 per day, barbecue dinner is $10 (Saturday at Party Farms, Sunday at Long Branch Saloon).Also available are Coop-You & BBQ t-shirts for $12. For more information about the weekend fundraiser event, contact Heidi Ramirez (918) 647-7956 or email