Lindsey Lee Smith’s favorite pastime was country western dancing. To honor her love for two-stepping in her trademark red cowgirl boots, students have organized a benefit dance concert on Saturday in her honor.
The Lindsey Lee Red Boot Roundup, from 8-10:30 p.m. in Bennett Gym, will allow students to participate in Smith’s passion of dance while raising money for the Lindsey Smith Scholarship Fund.
Smith, 20, was killed in a head-on accident on TX-36 on Jan. 25. She and five friends were headed to the Grand Ole Oplin dance hall for a night of two-stepping.
“If Lindsey could dream up an event, this is what she would do,” said Anna Fullerton, junior psychology major from Garland and one of the event coordinators. “She would love this dance, and it is the ideal way to honor her.”
Fullerton performed in Seekers of the Word, a student religious drama group, with Smith.Â Seekers and other groups will perform to honor Smith. Muddy Creek, a band that regularly plays at the Grande Ole Oplin, asked to play, and ACU student Alec Beustring will DJ the event. ACU hip hop company Sanctify will perform to honor Deanna Romero, freshman international studies major from Omaha, Neb., and Rebehak Cherniss, freshman Ad/PR major from Katy, who are members of Sanctify and were injured in the accident with Smith.
A large number of ACU students and individuals close to Smith are expected to attend, including Smith’s parents Todd and Linda Smith.
“Todd and Linda are amazing and a true testament to having faith in troubled times,” one event coordinator said. The student chose to remain anonymous to keep the focus on Smith.
Kyndal Coleman, junior accounting major from San Antonio, looks forward to the event and what it stands for.
“I’m excited to see the ACU community take an activity that was so close to Lindsey’s heart and turn it into an event that will honor her life and bring joy back to our spirits,” Coleman said.
The name of the event, Red Boot Roundup, came from Smith’s favorite accessory- her red cowgirl boots. Students are encouraged to wear red to coordinate with the theme.
The event is free, but a $10 donation at the door is preferred. Shirts will also be available for $5 to support the cause. If students cannot attend and wish to contribute a monetary donation, they can send it to ACU Student Life at ACU Box 29004.
“Dancing was Lindsey’s favorite thing to do,” Fullerton said. “She was the best dancer I knew, and dancing gave her the most joy. We are excited to honor her through this unique event.”