Buffalo Wild Wings Raises Fund for Cliff Allyn’s Family

As a mother is left to cope with the loss of her son, coastal communities continue to rally behind the family of 16-year-old Cliff Allyn who was killed last week in Jackson County. Buffalo Wild Wings in Gulfport dedicated tonight to the memory of Cliff Allyn.
Trent Campbell squeezed his grandmother’s hand as he gushed about how much his older brother meant to him. “He had a big grin and he always told jokes and stuff. He was just funny.”
Cliff Allyn was just 16-years-old when his 19-year-old cousin allegedly took his life in a senseless act of violence. Now, a family is left to piece together why their loved one is gone. “You don’t expect somebody 16-years-old to die so you’re not prepared for the financial cost of it at all. So, I asked if there’s something we could at all and William Little John said, ‘of course. Absolutely, let’s do a benefit for them,” said Melissa Keeton, Cliff’s aunt.
A benefit at the Buffalo Wild Wings in Gulfport, the exact place Keeton was working when she found out her nephew’s body had been found in the woods. In order to help her family cope with funeral expenses, she organized the fundraiser so 20 percent of sales would go to Allyn’s family. All she asked was guests wear red and white because Allyn was a die-hard University of Alabama fan.
Keeton also received a little help from Street Outlaws cast member Shane Lester who signed autographs in exchange for donations for Allyn’s family. “It’s horrible what happened to the kid and what they’re having to go through. I’m just glad I could help in some small way,” said Lester.
As the family prepares for Allyn’s funeral on Saturday, they say it’s the outpour of community support that keeps them going.
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