Benefit Concert This Weekend For Families Of Teens Killed In Boating Accident | Community Spirit

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Benefit Concert This Weekend For Families Of Teens Killed In Boating Accident
Benefit Concert This Weekend For Families Of Teens Killed In Boating Accident

MIDDLEBURG, Fla - A two-day benefit concert is being held this weekend for the families of two Middleburg High School students who died in a boating accident on Black Creek February 21st.

More than a dozen local bands will play to raise money for the families of Travis Hanner, 17, and Halee Mickey, 15.

"These families have no insurance and no means of paying for tombstones. We're just trying to help out," said organizer Lenny Smith of Gator Creek Bar and Grill.

It is being held in the parking lot of Gator Creek Bar and Grill at 2710 Blanding Blvd. Tickets are $5 a person. Organizers say all proceeds will go to the families, and hope to collect $30,000.

"It is unreal! You just miss him a lot. You have no idea what you miss until he's gone," said Mitchell Krafft, a friend of Travis who attended the event Saturday.

Hanner's father, Ted, was operating their 18-foot bass boat on Black Creek. With the two teens sitting at the front of the boat, Ted turned to work on the fuel line bulb when the boat suddenly veered toward the north bank. The vessel went under a tree that was growing out over the water and the two teens  were struck by the tree and died at the scene. Ted Hanner was taken to Shands where he was treated and released.

"I don't care to even get back in a boat again. Something I just won't ever get over. I lost my son and she was like a daughter to me. I just don't want to ever get back on the water," Hanner said at the benefit. "It is overwhelming. I want to thank each and every one of them for what they have done."

"I'd appreciate it if people would think about their lives and how young they were when we lost them, and you can't ever get that back," said Melissa Green, the mother of Travis.

Meanwhile Halee's sisters said the benefits is helping those emotional wounds to heal.

"We are just lleaning on each other for support and this community has helped out a lot," said Heather Mickey.  

"It is hard living at home with her not being there," said Rachel Mickey.

The benefit continues Sunday from 1 p.m. to 8 p.m.

Anyone wanting to donate to the families can do so at Vystar Credit union using accounty number 702861943. 

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