It’s hard to believe that it’s been more than three years since anyone’s heard her sarcastic laugh or seen her brilliant smile.
She had her dad’s twisted sense of humor and her mom’s loving heart.
Jordan White was fearless, beautiful, hilarious and full of life.
There isn’t a day that goes by that her friends and family don’t think of her. Love her. Miss her.
She would want those who loved her to celebrate her life and embrace this holiday season with such enthusiasm that it would make angels blush.
That was Jordan.
So, this Friday, Nov. 27, after you’re done stuffing your face with dry turkey, bland dressing and all the funky brown gravy you can handle, head over to Southbound Smokehouse on Central Avenue for an incredible night of delicious barbecue and wings, cold drinks and music by Augusta’s favorite Grateful Dead cover band Scarlet Begonias.
While it’s a free show, the night will feature a silent auction benefiting Jordan’s House, a nonprofit named after Metro Spirit Publisher Joe White’s 19-year-old daughter Jordan, who was killed in September of 2012 by a drunk driver.
Jordan’s House raises money to help place art teachers in Richmond County elementary schools so they can have a positive impact in children’s lives.
“She was a very artistic 19-year-old college student and she had attended the Art Factory a couple of summers in her early teens when they were in Harrisburg,” White said. “The Art Factory closed their doors several years back but, while they were operating, they did a phenomenal job of placing art teachers in elementary schools in Richmond County.”
The idea behind Jordan’s House was to somewhat replicate what the Art Factory used to do by bringing art teachers into some of the more economically challenged schools in Richmond County.
“It’s a continuation of the great work that the Art Factory did,” White said. “It’s now Jordan’s House and we are responsible for raising money to fund placing these teachers in the Richmond County elementary schools so they can have an impact in these kids’ lives.”
George Claussen, co-owner of Southbound Smokehouse, said he is more than happy to host the night to help benefit Jordan’s House.
“We have got some cool stuff that we can auction off and prizes,” said Claussen, who is also a music promoter and founder of Friends with Benefits, a local company that is dedicated to building cultural awareness through music and donating a portion of its proceeds from concerts to charities. “This Friday night should be banging because a lot of our friends and people we know will be back in town and some of them haven’t been to Southbound yet since we’ve only been open about four months. So I can imagine it will be slamming and it will be a great night to raise some money for Jordan’s House.”
For those Augustans who haven’t had the pleasure of eating at Southbound Smokehouse yet, the restaurant is located on Central Avenue in the former location of Le Cafe DuTeau and Crums.
Needless to say, that location is filled with great memories and the owners of Southbound want to continue to build on that positive vibe by offering Augustans a casual neighborhood barbecue joint featuring an amazing pitmaster and an incredible smoker.
Southbound is quickly becoming known as the cool place on the Hill to hang out, meet friends, enjoy some great food and drink a cold beer.
When Southbound opened in July, co-owner Brian Brittingham told the Metro Spirit that he wanted the restaurant to have an extremely relaxed atmosphere.
“We have canned beer, almost like it’s out of a cooler,” he said. “We want it to feel like you’re at a cookout. Nothing too crazy, nothing too fancy.”
Since opening, Brittingham has been inundated with people telling him stories about events that happened at Southbound in its previous incarnations.
“I used to own the Red Lion Pub from ’96 to ’99 and we used to come over to Le Cafe DuTeau every Sunday night because that was our day off,” Brittingham said. “There was a real camaraderie between the two places… Then, Andrew Crumrine, who is one of my really good friends, started Crums. That started another little stretch and I was here a lot and was pretty close to Andrew and his staff. It’s a place that has meant a lot to a lot of people over the years.”
Both of the business partners’ interest in music is also evident throughout Southbound. Even the name itself is from an Allman Brothers song.
“We really wanted to stick to something Southern, Southern rock,” Claussen said. “You can see posters from every show that’s ever been done with Friends with Benefits and every band that Brian’s ever been in.”
In fact, the barbecue sauces are named after music the two love.
The Carolina-style sauce is called Heart of Gold after a Neil Young song. Friend of the Devil (Grateful Dead) is a spicy red sauce. Red Hot Mama (Widespread Panic) is a red sauce that’s a little more vinegary. And No Diablo (Umphrey’s McGee) is a sweet, mild red sauce that has Coca-Cola in it.
So, on Friday, Nov. 27, take a break from your in-laws and hold off on stringing up the Christmas lights and head over to Southbound Smokehouse around 8 p.m. for a fun night of free music, awesome food and a silent auction for an incredible cause.
“It will be a great night for people to hang out in an easy, relaxed atmosphere,” Claussen said. “People can come visit with friends they haven’t seen for a while, enjoy the music and raise some money for Jordan’s House.”
Scarlet Begonias benefit for Jordan’s House
Friday, November 27
If you wish to donate to Jordan’s House, please send checks to the Hibbard Law Firm, 205 Pitcarin Way, Augusta, GA 30909.