A benefit concert and silent auction for a local teen with leukemia will be held Sunday, Sept. 20 at Butterfield Middle School at 3 p.m.
Bryan Litchford, owner of m7 Studio in downtown Van Buren, organized the Rocking for Saylor Benefit Concert to provide financial assistance to the family of Saylor Ables.
Ables, 14, was diagnosed with leukemia about a month ago, Litchford said. She has been taking guitar lessons from Litchford for the past three years, he said.
"She’s just a super great kid, friendly, a good student," Litchford said. "I just wanted to help out in any way I could."
Entry to the concert is free. Donations will be accepted, with 100 percent of the night’s proceeds going to Ables and her family.
Ables’ mother Shanda Wilkinson is a teacher at Tate Elementary School, while her father Lee Wilkinson is a Van Buren firefighter.
"The whole family is just a really super great family… and they obviously give to the community," Litchford said. "I think it’d be a great thing for the community to come out and support them when they have a need."
Performing at the live concert free of charge are locals Vertical Groove, Nick Swaim and Triple Threat, 357, Stress on the Rich, Elizabeth Terry and Brinn Brammer.
Ables had made both the Van Buren High School Freshman Academy cheer and dance teams this year, but had to quit because she is unable to attend school, Litchford said. Both teams also will perform at the concert.
A silent auction to benefit the family also will be held during the concert. Organizers are still accepting items for the auction, Litchford said.
To donate items for the auction, contact Tammy Jester at (479)806-7792 or Litchford at (479)522-6095.