In the Paradise fire of 2018 I was burned out and all I had was reduced to ashes. Out of those ashes, the spontaneous generosity of my readers and others enabled me to survive and go on. I know what it is like to be burned out. This man was a firefighter. When my heart stopped in 2011 three sets of firemen came to my home and returned me to life. I know what it is like to owe your life to a firefighter.
And so I would ask my readers and any others they may inform to consider giving to this firefighter who saw the dreams of his life, dreams that he and his wife had worked hard to realize, looted and burned to the ground… I would ask them to consider this appeal.
Scores Sports Bar was set for a grand opening this spring but when COVID-19 hit that was put on pause. Now, just as Scores was gearing up to welcome customers with updated guidelines from the govenor, George Floyd was murdered and everything changed overnight.
Scores Sports Bar was LOOTED, VANDALIZED and DESTROYED 5/27/2020. This black-owned business is left trying to pick up the pieces amidst mourning with the community.
About the Bar Owners: Kb Balla & his wife Twyana are active members of their community. KB is a Firefighter on the Brooklyn Center Fire Department and Twyana was a member of the Sounds of Blackness. They have a 4 beautiful children and the toll of this entire situation is heavy. KB has been a community entrepreneur for decades and coaches and contributes to the community in which they live.
Anything you can donate to start the rebuild process will be a blessing
Kb Balla statement: “I have been an entrepreneur in the State of Minnesota for many years, and my community really showed their love in the rawest form. Many of you know that Scores Sports Bar was my DREAM. It was all coming together and when COVID-19 hit, the reality of not being able to open for a grand opening was difficult. With the help of my family and friends, I pushed through. To find out that the countless hours, hard work, late nights away from my kids, and family had all been for nothing was soul shattering. It is not the material things, more so the time that cannot be reclaimed.
“I went to Scores yesterday and all I could do was cry. As a firefighter and public servant, I am used to saving lives and being strong, but this broke me. The glass was broken, it was looted, and vandalized. While filming for CNN, people came in trying to steal the safe and I wondered what next? My community, that’s what. Strangers showed up with brooms, cleaning supplies, trash bags, and food. They helped me and my family clean up in 20minutes what would have took days. THIS IS WHAT GIVES ME HOPE! I want to thank and shed light on the real true Minnesotans who helped many of us small business owners clean up yesterday.
“I was doing my shift at the fire station this morning when I got the call that the entire building had been burnt down last night.”