Fundraiser planned to help Nashville musician Don Ford

A group of area musicians from Bartholomew and surrounding counties are sponsoring a benefit to help Nashville musician Don Ford, who lost his Brown County home in a Jan. 6 fire.

The event is from 3 to 9 p.m. Sunday at American Legion Post 24, 2515 25th St.

Geared toward families, the event will include music and a raffle with a variety of items, from gift baskets provided by Special Dogs & More and Bath & Body Works to original artwork. Guitar City & Sound has donated a guitar to be raffled off and David J. Miller is raffling off a two-hour musical performance as part of the benefit. Food will be available.

All proceeds will be used to help Ford and his mother replace items lost in the fire.

Ford, a well-known musician in southeastern Indiana, had lived with his mother in the 6700 block of Three Notch Road in Hamblen Township, Brown County.

Firefighters believe the fire might have been electrical in nature, but the Fords lost a large number of belongings and the home was extensively damaged.

The “Love 4 Don Ford” fundraiser page at is also raising money to help Ford, a Navy veteran, and his mother replace household furnishings and other necessities.

For more on this story, see Saturday’s Republic.

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Julie McClure is assistant managing editor of The Republic. She can be reached at or (812) 379-5631.