Carilion Clinic and Downtown Roanoke present this special virtual event, streaming live from The Spot on Kirk.
Tune in to our Facebook page or Instagram on Friday, August 28 at 7:00 PM for an acoustic performance by Sam Fochtman and friends.
All proceeds will benefit The Tudor House.
Donations accepted here: gofundme.com/f/tudor-house-grief-loss-and-prevention
Louis Tudor was a coach, biscuit-man, athlete, and above all, a beloved brother, father, and husband.
In 1985, Louis opened Tudors Biscuit World in Downtown Roanoke, VA. This quickly became a Roanoke staple. After deciding to close in 2012, Lou shifted his focus to starting the City Swim Barracudas, a swim team designed for inner-city children in Roanoke. While coaching different swim teams, Lou also gave back to his community by volunteering with clients from the Rescue Mission, who used swim as a part of therapy.
With the onset of Covid-19, Louis began struggling with declining mental health. Being shut away from the water and his former life pre-pandemic only made things worse. As his wife Jessica would say, “It was the perfect storm.” Unfortunately, Louis lost his battle with mental illness, and took his own life on Wednesday, July 1, 2020.
The Tudor family wants to use this tragedy to shed light on the seriousness of mental illness and the lack of community resources. The Tudor House will be a place where people in the Valley can go to feel safe and get support for grief and loss, as well as access to suicide prevention. This foundation is being started to ensure that no family will have to go through this alone, helping provide navigation during difficult times.
Sam Fochtman is the front man of the popular Roanoke band, Tobacco Apache. The group plays a mix of original old school rock with a touch of folk, southern rock, roots rock and more, blended into one dynamic sound. We are proud to present Sam's solo acoustic set as part of The Spot on Kirk's Live Stream Series, in support of The Tudor House.