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October 31, 2013

Concert raises money for Colorado family

OKLA. CITY — In an effort to raise money for their Colorado family who lost their home in a mudslide in September, Oklahoma relatives of the Owens family will be hosting the Hope, Love & Music benefit concert Saturday.

Founders of The Agape Project and Edmond relatives of the Owens family, Courtney Crawford, Melissa Franklin and Laura Franklin, will be hosting the benefit with hopes of raising $125,000 so that the Owens family can rebuild after a devastating mudslide destroyed most of their home, including their bedrooms and living areas, last month near Boulder, Colo.

The Owens family, Mark, Meagan and their 3-year-old daughter, Quinn, as well as their two dogs, were rescued safely by two nearby backhoe drivers, however, their home was nearly completely destroyed, leaving behind six feet of mud and a thousand pound boulder that tore through their bedrooms.

Upon hearing the news and seeing the damage first-hand the day after the mudslide struck, Meagan Owens’ sister, Melissa Franklin, said she, along with her cousin, Courtney Crawford, and sister-in-law, Laura Franklin, brainstormed about ideas on how to help their family and that’s when the idea of a benefit concert was created.

Melissa Franklin said The Agape Project she, her cousin and sister-in-law created has raised close to $3,000 in donations for the family so far, however, because the family did not have earthquake insurance coverage, in which mudslides fall under, the family needs over $100,000 in order to rebuild their home in Colorado completely.

Despite the huge number, Crawford said she is optimistic the benefit will raise the money the family needs.

“Oklahomans are so incredibly generous,” Crawford said. “They have lived through heartache and know how to help.”

The Agape Project's benefit concert for the Owens family will be held at Bridgeway Church, located at 228 W. Hefner Road in Oklahoma City from 3-8 p.m. Saturday. Chasing James, The Stringents and Sugar Free Allstars will perform at the benefit, as well as lead worshipers, Jami Smith, Ryan Smith and Brad Kilman. Food trucks from The Smokin’ Okie, Snowie Joey’s and Big Truck Tacos will be onsite at the event. There will also be bounce houses for children. All proceeds from the benefit will go to the Owens family. Tickets can be purchased at www.agapeprojectokc.com or at Uptown Grocery in Edmond. Tickets are $15 for adults and $8 for children.

Melissa Franklin and Crawford said The Agape Project is still needing businesses to donate prizes for the children’s games, as well as gift certificates for the raffle, that will be held during the concert benefit Saturday. To learn more about how your business can make donations to the benefit, how to donate money to the Owens family or how to volunteer for The Agape Project, visit www.agapeprojectokc.com or visit their Facebook page at www.facebook.com/agapeprojectokc. Prime Bank in Edmond is also accepting donations for the family.

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