Athletes from all over the region gathered in Republic on Saturday night to play ball and raise money for Springfield Police Officer Mark Priebe, critically wounded when an assailant intentionally drove their vehicle into him in the Springfield police department headquarters parking lot.
They were part of a tournament titled “Playing for Priebe”, an event that includes concerts by local artists, plus varieties of meals from local food trucks and vendors.
Performers at the event included Bryan Copeland, Allie & the Catz, Indigo Soul, Donnie Ray Stevens & The Noise, and the Isaac Kenneth Band.
Officer Priebe was paralyzed when struck by a vehicle outside the Springfield Police Headquarters on June 9. Priebe is known in the community for his extensive efforts on behalf of Special Olympics, organizing the fundraising Law Enforcement Torch Run, and representing the community at the World Special Olympics.
He and his wife Heather, who recently celebrated their 20th wedding anniversary, have two children. Heather has been battling cancer, undergoing chemotherapy with a surgery scheduled in July, leaving her unable to work with a compromised immune system.
The event raised over $7,000 for Priebe and his family.
A GoFundMe for the family is closing in on a $135,000 goal. Donations can be made through this link.