|Published:||Dec 19, 2013 6:20 PM EST|
|Updated:||Dec 19, 2013 7:01 PM EST|
FORT MYERS, Fla. - An organization dedicated to helping those with special needs is still desperately in need of a new van. This summer, a tire blew on the LARC van. It flipped and killed two women inside.
Thursday, WINK News caught up with LARC as they celebrated an annual Christmas party.
Even though two people are missing from the Christmas party, those who knew them say the two women killed would have wanted people to continue to dance and sing to the band that played today.
Rusty Snider has been a professional musician for a long time, but that's not his day job. He works for LCEC. In fact, everyone in the band, does as well! They're called the Killa-Watts and dedicate thousands of hours performing concerts, like here at LARC.
"It just puts you back into perspective of sharing what talents you have that makes somebody happy," Snider said.
Their fans adore them. "I've been here the past 5 6 years, they are an awesome band," said Randy Hill, a member of LARC.
But this year, there's two faces missing in the crowd. Georgianna Bennett and Doris Fuller were killed at the end of June. A LARC van on its way to a summer camp blew a tire on I-75 in Sarasota County and flipped.
"As soon as we saw it on the news, it really hit home for all of us," said Snider.
LARC Executive Director Roger Bradley admits they're still trying to raise the money to buy a new van: something that's desperately needed.
"It helps them get out in the community and experience it," said Bradley.
"The two people that are gone now, would of enjoyed this immensely. but we also feel like they would like us to enjoy it also. We miss people when they're gone," he said.
This is the fourth year the Killa-Watts have played for LARC, and they expect to be back again next year!
If you would like to donate to help LARC buy a new van, you can call the LARC office at 334-7411.
Or, you can mail a check to:
2570 HANSEN STREET
FORT MYERS 33901
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