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Former Chiefs DE Eric Hicks, wife hope to bring comfort to Hurricane Harvey victims

Former Chiefs defensive end Eric Hicks (98), shown here tackling LaDainian Tomlinson (21) during a 2003 game at Arrowhead Stadium, will host a meet-and-greet and autograph with other former Chiefs, including Trent Green and Mike Maslowki, from 6 to 9 p.m. on Nov. 15 at Rock & Brews, 5701 W. 135th St. in Overland Park. The event is a fundraiser for “Beds for Texans,” a charity Hicks started with his wife, Whitney, who is from Beaumont, Texas.
Former Chiefs defensive end Eric Hicks (98), shown here tackling LaDainian Tomlinson (21) during a 2003 game at Arrowhead Stadium, will host a meet-and-greet and autograph with other former Chiefs, including Trent Green and Mike Maslowki, from 6 to 9 p.m. on Nov. 15 at Rock & Brews, 5701 W. 135th St. in Overland Park. The event is a fundraiser for “Beds for Texans,” a charity Hicks started with his wife, Whitney, who is from Beaumont, Texas. File photo

Former Chiefs defensive end Eric Hicks and his wife, Whitney, have organized a fundraiser to help victims of Hurricane Harvey in Beaumont, Texas.

The Hickses are hosting “Beds for Texans” at Rock & Brews in the Prairefire Shopping Center, 5701 W. 135th St. in Overland Park, from 6 to 9 p.m. on Nov. 15. The proceeds will be used to buy mattresses and box springs for people whose homes or possessions were destroyed in the flooding.

Whitney Hicks is a native of Beaumont, where hundreds of people were displaced and many remain in limbo awaiting insurance estimates and repairs.

“Many families are still sleeping on floors and in tents,” Eric Hicks said in a release. “The magnitude of damage is unfathomable; the majority of these people have lost absolutely everything. Providing them with beds will enhance their quality of life and give them the strength they need to carry on.”

Eric Hicks will host a meet-and-greet and autograph session with former Chiefs teammates Trent Green, Derrick Alexander, Shawn Barber, and Mike Maslowski. There also will be a silent auction for memorabilia and a 50/50 raffle.

Tickets, which include appetizers and a wine-tasting by Karl Calini, are $35 in advance or $40 at the door. Children 12 and under will be admitted with an adult ticket purchase, but aren’t allowed to participate in the wine-tasting.

Rock & Brews also will donate 10 percent of its sales that night to Beds for Texans, which already has provided more than 20 bed sets for Beaumont residents.

Tickets can be purchased in advance at the event’s Facebook page and space is limited.

Tod Palmer: 816-234-4389, @todpalmer

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