Business helps raise funds for Franklin families impacted by swimming accident

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FRANKLIN – Ritter’s Frozen Custard in Franklin and Greenwood are hosting a special night out event to raise money for families struck by tragedy.

“Franklin (is) not a big town at all so it….everybody knows everybody (here). You can’t run into a stranger in Franklin so this definitely (has) affected everybody,” Alex Jones said.

Jones is the general manager of Ritter’s Frozen Custard in Franklin. Outside both shops their sign reads “Franklin strong”.

On Friday, 5 Franklin Community High School students were at the Blue River Dam. Sara McLevish went over the dam in Edinburgh. Her 4 friends went after her. Two of them got out okay. Drivers searched for Jason Moran, but they tragically found his body on Sunday. McLevish and Michael Chadbourne were taken to the hospital. Chadbourne passed away on Monday.

“Jason and Michael were pretty good kids. I knew Jason through his brother Jake, but both of them would help out whenever they could or anything they could do to make somebody smile or help them out. They were special to me and the Moran family (is) really close to me so I feel -(it) feels good to kinda help them somehow,” Kevin Stahl said.

Stahl graducated from Franklin Community School this year. Sam Meyer graduated this year too and he wanted to help out.

“I think the knowledge that the community is behind them and supports them every step of the way and is there to comfort them and have a shoulder to cry on if you need I think that helps (these families) a lot,” Meyer said.

Thursday night between 4  p.m. and 10 p.m. people who buy frozen custard at Ritter’s Frozen Custard in Franklin and Greenwood will be participating in the fundraiser. Ten percent of the proceeds collected at both stores will be donated to the FCHS family fund.

“We’re part of the community here. It affects us just like it affects anybody else. So anything we can do to help them out, we’re here to help,” Jones said.

There will be jars at both locations where people can donate money too.

“I still feel like the support isn’t done. I feel like there’s a lot more that can be done ’cause it’s going to be a tough time for a while,” Meyer said.

The principal of FCHS said people have contacted him wanting to donate money as well as set up fundraisers like a motorcycle benefit ride.  Principal Harter said people can make contributions, during tomorrow’s service for Jason Moran.

“It’s nice to know I can help, but at the same time it’s kind of saddening to know we’re doing this because two friends passed away,” Stahl said.