Chris Hicks was lying in bed flipping through the television channels one night last December when he came across a program shot in Baltimore.
The program, an episode of the Viceland series "Payday," featured footage of children taking pictures and playing video games at Kids Safe Zone, the after-school haven for students in the violent and impoverished West Baltimore neighborhood of Sandtown-Winchester.
Hicks, a 35-year-old wildcatter from wide-open Mason County, a churchgoing, cowboy boot-wearing, married father of two, was "intrigued and overwhelmed."
He had never been to Baltimore. Didn't know anyone there. But his family had been devastated by...