Ritter’s donates proceeds to Franklin teens’ families

(WISH Photo/Jason Thompson)
(WISH Photo/Jason Thompson)

FRANKLIN, Ind. (WISH) – The Ritter’s Frozen Custard in Franklin donated 10 percent of sales from Thursday night to the families of the two teenagers who died in a swimming accident.

From 4 to 10 p.m., Ritter’s donated proceeds to the families of Jason Moran and Michael Chadbourne. The shop also tied blue ribbons on its tables and put numbers 28 and 38, the teens’ football numbers, on their sign.

Last Friday, Moran, Chadbourne, Trent Crabb, Mark Nally and Sarah McLevish were swimming in the Big Blue River when McLevish somehow went over the dam. All four boys tried to save McLevish.

Crabb and Nally made it out safely and were able to help McLevish and Chadbourne out of the water. McLevish and Chadbourne were taken to IU Health Methodist Hospital in critical condition. Officials say Chadbourne died Wednesday morning. His organs were donated.

Moran’s body was found in the river on Sunday.

“I live in the community, my daughter has gone to the Franklin school since kindergarten. This just really struck a chord in our hearts to see such a terrible thing happen and I wanted to come out and support however I could,” Shellie Dodd said.

If you didn’t make it out there Thursday night, an official fund has been set up on behalf of all five families. The account has been named FCHS Family Fund and will be held at Heartland Community Bank, a Horizon Bank Company. For anyone wishing to make a donation, checks can be made payable to FCHS Family Fund and dropped off at any Heartland Community or Horizon Bank location or mailed to Franklin Community High School at 2600 Cumberland Drive, Franklin, IN. 46131.

There is also a GoFundMe account for Michael Chadbourne and an account set up at Mutual Savings Bank for Jason Moran’s family.

As of Thursday night, the Chadbourne family had raised about $4,700.

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