Benefit Concert Sunday For Spurlock Twins’ Family
By Mike Perleberg
(Manchester, Ind.) – The tragedy happened nearly a month ago, but the community continues to rally around the family of twin two-year-old girls who drowned in Aurora.
Sisters Jocelyn and Shaylyn Spurlock died after sneaking out of their home on Dutch Hollow Road and falling into a neighbor’s water-filled pool cover April 8. The identical twins would have turned three on May 22.
The latest in a line of efforts to help parents Brad and Breyanna Spurlock with the financial burden of the deaths will take place Sunday, May 4 at the Manchester Fire Department, 7839 State Road 48. Tri-state area country music band Ridge Runner has organized the day-long concert starting at noon and going until at least 6:00 p.m.
Ridge Runner will lead a lineup of bands to perform, including Centerline, The Hollow, and One Brick Shy. Four acoustic acts to appear include Rural Route 2, D.J. Adkins, Doug Sloan, and The Cavalry.
Joe Zoller, drummer for Ridge Runner and Moores Hill resident, said the band didn’t hesitate to form the concert idea after hearing of the drownings.
“The morning after it happened the band all of a sudden had a group text going on saying we need to do something for this family. Parts of that family had been supporting us for years in two different bands throughout a span of 20 years, so we felt they were part of our family and we needed to do something for them,” Zoller said.
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It didn’t take long for the other bands to join in. Most of the acts agreed within a day to perform at the benefit, said Zoller.
Zoller also credited the Manchester Fire Department and friends of the band Amy Broughton and Ginger Barber in helping organize the fundraiser.
“One of the things we tried to do was take the approach of making this something that the girls would have liked to attend. We’re having lots of kids activities, a bounce house, a dunk tank, face painting, plenty of games, a lot of food, a bake sale,” Broughton said.
All ages will be welcome to the benefit concert. On top of the music and kids activities the event will offer raffles and a silent auction. Food and drinks will be available for purchase.
A free will donation will be asked of those attending. Proceeds will help the Spurlock family pay for a gravesite headstone for Shaylyn and Jocelyn. Zoller said any extra funds may go toward a memorial scholarship or the Aurora Fire Department.
More information on the benefit is available on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/events/512956615475026/.