Being the father of three young adults aged twenty-three, twenty and eighteen, the senseless shooting death of nineteen year old Amanda Bach really hits home. The Portage, IN teen was shot and killed on September 16th.
Let’s face the ugly truth; tragic gun killings in America are way too common.Ocassionally, however, a sudden death can unite a community and bring many differing folks together. This unfortunate tragedy has done just that.
Social media expands impact
Being active on social media, it was easy to feel the impact of Amanda’s death. Those around the age of this writer were heartbroken because it caused us to reflect on “what if” and “our children”. The younger people (even those who did not know her directly) were touched by either extreme shock, sadness and/or rage. The alleged assailant (reportedly an ex-boyfriend) is himself a mere eighteen years old. More shockingly, he is the son of a local police officer. Nobody is immune to the social ills of our current society and the ensuing result is two lives and two families in ruins.
Music community steps up
The Chicagoland/Northwest Indiana music community took notice as did countless others. Specifically, S.T.D. Promotions felt the need to step up. This writer was able to catch up with Ed Roseberry via a popular social media site and he had this to say: “I did not know Amanda well but she was a close friend of my Fiance’s sister and at times, she helped watch my 3 year old daughter, Trinity. This was rare considering how overprotective we are of who watches and/or assists in her care. It hit home kind of hard for me in that aspect. My daughter knew her better than I did and that kinda sums it up, considering she is only 3. That is impact. She obviously had a way with children.”
“I have to admit that initially, my partner (Elton Bock) and I did not know what we were getting ourselves into. We are in the middle of doing another benefit for a lost friend but we did not know the magnitude would be getting involved in something like this. For all the people in the community wanting to help, contacting the family is near impossible and seems to be disrespectful at this time. We know the family is aware of the MANY events and fundraisers going on in the area but the only one the family is immediately involved in is the Harris Bank fund. Close friends of Amanda’s have agreed to assist in our event so the organizers can concentrate on the actual show aspects. Camelot Bowling Alley, Portage Police, Mcwoahs Sound and Stretch Lighting Service all were quickly adamant about providing their services for the event.”
“It is important to me not only to provide a good service and help people in need and let them know that I, among many, care and are there to help…but to help allow a group of people (being the bands and young musicians that play aggressive music) to do the same when they may be too young to donate or have a good job that can provide sponsorship. Many people would look at these kids and stereotypically think to themselves that they have no respect for the world and would never help anyone. I think it is important to prove those people wrong and show them that just because they scream into a microphone or dress in black, does not mean they aren’t good people and do not have a heart.”
Outpouring of love
This outpouring of love has grown into a nine hour multi-band event, including Send the Dawn, Ferrigno and many other young talented bands. There will also be opportunities for attendees to participate in various raffles, silent auction and a bake sale. The event itself has taken on a life of it’s own. Camelot Bowling Alley has an indoor arena that will be used because of the expected volume of supporters for this event.
Admittantly, some older folks may not care for some of the music genres presented. Who cares? This is an opportunity to support our younger people and recognize them while they do “good things”. It is very easy to sit back and complain when our youngsters do something wrong. I say it is easier to support and embrace their efforts when they do something right. This entire tragic scenario and ensuing group effort for help and healing is a reminder to all parents that there are no guarantees in life. There are, however, many opportunities to hug our own children and say three simple words, “I love you”. It is really not that hard to do. I urge you to do so daily and support them every chance you get.
The Amanda Bach Memorial Fundraiser & Benefit Concert will be held Sunday, Oct 16th at the Camelot Bowling Alley Arena, 5201 US Highway 6 in Portage, IN. The events starts at 1pm. An eight dollar donation is requested at the door. 100% of all proceeds will be donated to the Bach family.