Iconic Blues and Country performer Sammy Eubanks believes in destiny.
In the past few years, Sammy noticed Rayce Rudeen Foundation (RRF) signage or staff in various places across the country. He even met Rayce’s father, Kevin Rudeen, at the corporate offices of Fatheadz Eyewear in Indianapolis, which is a sponsor of Sammy’s.
The numerous encounters ultimately led him to contact the organization.
“I’ve experienced several connections with the Rayce Rudeen Foundation name over the last seven years,” said Sammy. “Plus, the offices are only five miles from my house. I believe it was meant to be.”
RRF’s mission to fight addiction resonates with Sammy, who battled addiction in the late 80s and early 90s.
“I had a pretty good cocaine habit,” said Sammy. “With the help of the good Lord, I kicked it June 8, 1992. If I can help somebody else not get into drugs, I’m all about that.
Whatever I can do to help spread the word and educate people about what RRF is doing, I’m all in,” he continued. “Early education is vital, so if kids know that opioids and fentanyl are harmful early, they stand a better chance.”
Sammy and his band volunteered to perform at the first annual Spokane Alliance for Fentanyl Education (S.A.F.E.) Fall Family Fest last October at Riverfront Park. S.A.F.E. is the result of a partnership between RRF and the Drug Enforcement Administration Operation Engage Spokane.
Voted the “Best Male Vocalist” 13 times in Washington State, Sammy plans to perform again at this year’s S.A.F.E. Fall Family Fest in October and the RRF Holiday concert in December.
“I call what I do Soul Country,” said Sammy. “I’ll do a George Jones song and a B.B. King song back-to-back. I love doing that stuff.”