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Concert held to raise funds for volunteer search effort

MAYFIELD — Nearly every possible place to park, marked or not, was taken Sunday afternoon when five performers took the stage in the Mayfield High School gym.

Three friends — Jamie Williams, Christy Irvan and Marilee Baker — organized the benefit concert to raise money for the volunteer rescue teams still out searching for the remaining two young duck hunters on Kentucky Lake.

On Jan. 10, the four teens' boat sank. One, Tyler Heathcott, was rescued. The body of Trevor Williams was found the next day. Crews searched for Jacob Scott and McKenzie Stanley again Sunday.

Heathcott, Williams and Stanley attended Mayfield High School; Scott attended Graves County High School.

No tickets were sold for the concert, instead men and women stood at the front entrance with large buckets to take donations.

"I was up at a rescue house a week ago Tuesday and was talking to the parents," Jamie Williams said. "It was touching because they hadn't even found their children, and they were asking about the rescue workers."

She said the event snowballed after singer Darren Warren became involved.

Tabatha and Southern Fryd, Midlife Crisis, Jace Hill and Better Way also performed for the crowd that sat in chairs in front of the stage and in the bleachers.

Uniformed Mayfield High School cheerleaders sold soft drinks in the lobby and other volunteers sold hot dogs, pizza and popcorn from a kitchen.

One of the servers was Mayfield Mayor Arthur Byrn.

"From what I can tell we had a tremendous concert," he said. "I'm pleased by the turnout."

Area businesses donated items that were either raffled or bid on in a silent auction.

Those items included a photography package, a fully guided duck hunt, a George Foreman grill, a car security system, spa and tanning packages, a recliner, gift cards, tool sets, and several other items.

One of the people who helped with the silent auction was Mayfield High School senior Tara Champy.

"They're my classmates," she said. "And I see the money going for a great cause — so the rescue workers can get sonar, so they can find McKenzie and Jacob."

Donations can be made at First Kentucky Bank.

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