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Teens stir crowds, funds with concert fundraiser

POSTED: August 3, 2011 10:30 a.m.

Dollar bills pile up in a donation bucket Saturday during the “What’s Left of a Fair Feeling” concert event held in the parking lot of Jump N’ Jacks Family Fun Center. The fundraiser, organized by Richmond Hill High School students, was to benefit 9-year-old Dylan Moore, who is battling leukemia. (Jeff Whitten)

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More than $1,000 was raised Saturday at a benefit concert to help the family of the 9-year-old Richmond Hill boy, Dylan Moore, who is battling leukemia.

The event, dubbed “Whats Left of a Fair Feeling,” was organized by Richmond Hill High School students Austin Leekley and Jake Grinter. It was held at Jump N’ Jacks Family Fun Center in Richmond Hill.

The event drew nearly 500 people, Leekley said, and boasted 15 music acts from around the area such as Fur Elise, Forgetting Fera, Cailee Elise Stein, Symptom of Silence and more. The bands played from 1 to 10 p.m.

Though neither student knows the Moore family, they said they knew Dylan had cancer and wanted to help.
“We’re just trying to start a chain reaction of good events,” Leekley said. “There’s not much good left in this world.”

Leekley said he was excited about the turnout and thought the event went really well. He added the “great staff” of about 25 volunteers throughout the day really helped the event run smoothly.

“I just loved seeing everyone come together for a one common goal,” Leekley said. “We all think that music can save lives.”

Read more in the Aug. 3 edition of the News.

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