Local bands come together to fundraise for a friend in need

Video by Chauncy Miller


Last month a student from the Great Oak High School Mountain Biking team, Austin Burris, was seriously injured while riding in the mountains with friends.

According to a letter that was sent out to the families of Great Oak, Austin received multiple injuries from the crash including a broken spine, shattered cheek bones, broken jaw, head trauma and more.

While Austin has a long road of recovery ahead of him, a group of friends and students from the Temecula area, including Great Oak High School, all rallied to put together a fundraiser benefit concert to help Austin’s family with some of the expenses they have incurred since the accident.

“This was a no brainer,” said Mitch Hoskins, who is the lead singer of the band “Fly by Night” and also a student at Great Oak High School. “Austin has been a friend since the inception of our band and we just hoped for a great turnout for our friend and we can’t wait to see him back on his feet.”

Mitch and his band mates from Fly By Night, as well as other local acts like Kicking Amps, Voltage Control, Caylie Gregorio, Hannah Sanders, Brea Potter, Hannah Wathan, Madi Walsh and Kaityln Kewly all came together last week with their different fan bases as they held this local music festival for their friend.

The concert was held at the It’s a Grind location off of Temecula Parkway and owners Wendy and Patrick Thayfault said they couldn’t have been happier to hold it.

“We got so many local businesses to step up and help out, especially with raffle prizes,” Wendy said. “And to have so many youth right here from our valley pull together to do this for their friend, we were just honored that they came to us and we hope it makes a difference,”

To find out more information or to make a donation to the fund established in Austin’s name, visit: http://fundly.com/supportforaustin.

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