A daylong benefit event to help a Brazos Valley man who is known by many is scheduled for Nov. 17 in Somerville.

Steve Hodges, who was born and raised in Bryan and graduated from Bryan High School before going on to run track for Blinn College, was rushed to the hospital Aug. 7 and diagnosed with an aortic aneurism. He spent 12 weeks in the intensive care unit, two of which he spent in a medically induced coma. He suffered several small strokes during his hospital stay and only very recently was released to return home, using a walker as he recovers.

Friends and relatives of Hodges, who started his oil and lube business, Texas Plains, in Bryan before moving it to Lyons in Burleson County, have organized a benefit 5K marathon and live music event to help the 61-year-old.

"For 38 years he's owned a business in a small town, and he's always done anything and everything for a person [in need]," said Hodges' daughter Melissa Wren, a College Station resident.

Wren and a close friend of Hodges, Travis Roth, are working with several others to organize the event, which will help the family with the hundreds of thousands of dollars in medical bills they have incurred. The future poses an uphill financial battle, with Texas Plains temporarily closed and Steve Hodges' wife, June, retired from her career as a schoolteacher in Somerville.

The benefit will begin with an 8 a.m. 5K fun run starting at the Lake Somerville dam. An 11 a.m. "hot rods and Harleys run" will then take place at the Snook Watering Hole in Snook. The bike run will lead to the American Legion post 455 on Eighth Street in Somerville, where a majority of the day's remaining activities will take place. The benefit will include auctions, a turkey shoot, a bake sale, a corn hole competition, kids' activities, meals, and live music performances from Texas Unlimited Band, as well as from touring musician Cody Joe Hodges, Steve Hodges' nephew. Cody Hodges said he plans to drive straight from a show in Mississippi to Somerville to perform.

"My music is always about bringing joy to people, and Uncle Steve has always been a fan of my music," he said.

For a complete schedule of the day and to purchase meal tickets and view more details, visit the event page on Facebook at http://bit.ly/hodgesevent. Participants may register for all activities onsite. For those who want to donate to the Hodges family but are unable to attend the benefit, a fundraising account for Hodges has been opened at Citizens State Bank of Somerville, titled "Steve Hodges Benefit Fund." The bank can be reached by calling 979-596-1421.

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