First Baby Dayne Ray fundraiser enjoys success

Theo Tate

Susan Parr of Rhineland collects 50/50 tickets before the Baby Dayne Ray Fundraiser Run held June 5. Below, Dylan Ray poses with his son, Dayne. Dylan passed away on March 25. THEO TATE PHOTO

After Dawn Davis lost her son, Dylan Ray, on March 25, she got a phone call from friend Ryan Scheidegger.

Scheidegger came up with an idea of having a fundraiser to help pay for medical expenses for Ray’s son, Dayne, who is medically compromised.

“He’s my rock,” Davis said. “I’ve known him for years. He put this together right after Dylan passed and it made me cry. He’s always been there for me and he’s there now.”

The first annual Baby Dayne Ray Fundraiser Run was held on June 5 at the Corner Restaurant in Rhineland. For six hours, numerous motorcycles traveled to the Dry Dock Bar and Grill in Montgomery City, the Warehouse Bar & Grill in Jonesburg and Twin Gables in Marthasville.

“It’s awesome,” said Davis, who lived in Montgomery County for nine years before moving to Lake St. Louis in 2019. “It’s wonderful. It’s way better than I thought it was going to be. I was very grateful and honored that everyone showed up like they did. It blesses my heart because they all know me, but they don’t know me that well to know my son and my grandson. They’re still coming out to this benefit.”

Scheidegger, who is from the Hermann area, said he always wanted to do a fundraiser.

“I just want to give back and help other people,” Scheidegger said. “It’s kind of how I was born and raised.”

Scheidegger contacted one of his friends, the Corner’s co-owner Kelly Wideman, to use the restaurant for the fundraiser, which also had a silent auction and a 50-50 drawing.

“I found the first possible day he had open so I could get the venue to use,” Scheidegger said. “He signed me up so I could have it to use.”

The event ended with a four and a half hour performance from a musical group called Country Roads at the Corner.

“It’s a man and woman duo,” Scheidegger said. “They played in the area down by around Marthasville and places down around there. Kelly kind of heard them one day and asked me if they could up and play for us. He booked them and all of that stuff and paid them out of his pocket. It’s one of his donations towards this.”

Dayne, who is 2.5 years old, was born 36 weeks premature. Davis is his grandmother and is taking care of him.

“With him having special needs, he’s going to have a lot of medical bills and stuff like that,” Scheidegger said. “He may have to go back and forth to Columbia quite a bit every month. I’m just trying to do something to give back and raise a little money to ease the burden of his grandmother.”

Scheidegger first met Dayne last year during a motorcycle run.

“He’s a pretty special kid. Kids kind of take my heart a little bit because I was born with special needs myself,” Scheidegger said. “We kind of hit it off.”



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