1027 KORD listeners know him as the host of ‘Legends of Country’, Tri-Tech students in the Kennewick School District know him as ‘Mr. Dailey’, and the community knows him as a difference-maker. Ed Dailey is a pillar of love and hope in the Mid-Columbia and has helped thousands – as a voice for the homeless, feeding the needy, and clothing the cold. He’s an ordained minister and has married hundreds of area couples and is a huge supporter of local musicians. He’s literally touched thousands of lives. Now, he needs your help.

Ed Dailey
Ed Dailey

Ed’s home was completely destroyed by fire on Thursday afternoon. The cause is unknown at the time, but everything is gone, including one of their beloved pets.

-From Ed’s social account:

“For those that don't know, our home burned up in a fire this afternoon. Most everything is gone. We barely got out of the house, Dolly our poodle got out with us, but we lost Beebs, and my heart hurts so bad for him... I just can't...so much to process right now…”

Unfortunately, the fire is only part of Ed’s battle. Ed was diagnosed with an aggressive form of cancer over a year ago and his family recently announced they were moving forward with hospice care to make Ed as comfortable as possible.

Pete Christensen
Pete Christensen

How can you help support Ed and his family?

For starters, there is a fundraiser planned for TONIGHT (April 8) at the Three Rivers Folklife Society Coffeehouse at the All Saints Episcopal Church, 1322 Kimball Avenue, Richland. The Coffeehouse begins at 7 pm with an Open Mic opportunity for local musicians followed by a performance by Curtis & Loretta. They are a Minneapolis, Minnesota folk duo currently touring the West Coast.

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Ed has been an enthusiastic supporter of the Three Rivers Folklife Society and the Tumbleweed Music Festival. Please bring cash donations only to assist with their most immediate needs. Admission to the Coffeehouse is $8, donations will be collected for the Dailey’s both at the door and during intermission.

You can also make a cash donation in person at Numerica Credit Union locations to the Ed and Lajay Dailey Donation account, on the CashApp $EdLajayDailey or Venmo @Ed-Dailey-6.

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