Fundraiser planned to help Nashville man

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 say they 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 youcaring.com is also raising money to help Ford, a Navy veteran, and his mother replace household furnishings and other necessities.

Anyone who knows Ford knows he is the first one to help anyone out, organizers of the event post on their social media page about their friend, and why they wanted to help him out this time.

Among the musicians scheduled to perform at the benefit on Sunday are Jason Anderson, David Bishop and the Spare Change Band and Miller, said Sam White, a musician who is helping organize the benefit and is also planning to perform.

Ford and his mother are currently staying in an efficiency apartment over a relative’s garage in Franklin, organizers said.

If you go

What: Fundraiser to benefit Don Ford, a Brown County musician whose home was destroyed in a fire Jan. 6

When: 3 to 9 p.m. Sunday

Where: American Legion Post 24, 2515 25th St., Columbus

How much: Family-oriented event is free and all ages are welcome

Highlights: Performances by a variety of southeastern Indiana musicians, raffle of gift baskets and donated items including a guitar and original artwork, food and more.

How to help

For those who can’t attend the benefit, an online “Love 4 Don Ford” fundraiser page has been established at: youcaring.com/donford-1061955

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