StoneyFest raises money for young musicians, honors cancer victim

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Local bands performed at Sweetwater on Sunday for Stoneyfest to benefit the Aaron M. Stone Memorial Fund. 

Four bands and students from TROY School in Columbia City performed. TROY School was the first recipient of band equipment and instruments through the memorial fund. 

The fund was created to honor the memory of Aaron Stone who died of cancer in March of last year. He was 18 years old, a musician and a veteran of Sweetwater’s Rock Camp. 

It was Aaron’s love for music that made his parents want to help other kids enjoy it too. 

“We want to provide that gift of music to kids,” said Aaron’s mother, LouAnn Stone. “We want them to be able to have the same experiences that Aaron had. He just loved music and it was his passion.”

The fund also helps support families dealing with childhood cancer. 

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