In December, one of Easterns own, DeWayne Pace of Spartanburg a.k.a. Cruiser Lewis took part in the National Championship Wrestling/Laurens County Sheriffs office 2013 Christmas for Kids Wrestling Show. The show is held each year to raise funds to purchase Christmas gifts for underprivileged children in the county. The theme for this years event was a tribute to U.S. military troops. Including members from the local armory, the event pulled in a crowd of over 900 and $5,000 was raised. DeWayne expressed his deep thanks and appreciation for the Cares Fund donation in support of a worthy cause.
In addition to working and wrestling, DeWayne devotes time to Mountain Missions of the Upstate. In November, he and his brother, Dewey Pace (Ravan Plumbing), traveled with the missions director, Allen Gosnell (Furman University), to Anawalt, West Virginia, where they delivered donated clothing, shoes, and other personal items. In December, a caravan of trucks and trailers from Glassy Mountain Baptist Church revisited the Anawalt area to deliver presents for the children at the local elementary school. With the help of Mountain Missions, private donations and local churches, every child received a Christmas gift. DeWayne is grateful for the support Mountain Missions has received and looks forward to one day having a building from where they can distribute.