Friends and family remember accident victims
Posted: 11/19/2012 at 1:15 am
By: Mark Shephard
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Hansen's Holiday Skating Rink in Elkhart hosted a benefit Sunday to help raise money for the funeral of Daniel Runion. Runion died with his best friend David Anglemyer on June 7, when an auto crossed the centerline on C.R. 20, and struck the boys as they were riding their bicycles. (Truth Photo By Mark Shephard)
A benefit was held to raise money for the funeral of Daniel Runion Sunday, who died with his best friend David Anglemyer on June 7, when an auto crossed the centerline on C.R. 20, and struck the boys as they were riding their bicycles. The benefit was held Sunday at Hansen's Holiday Skating Rink in Elkhart. Family, friends and community members worked together to raise funds to pay off a $10,500 funeral bill, part of which came from the effort of Amy Jo Miller of Dirty Squeegee Screen Printing in Middlebury, who printed t-shirts, hoodies and canvas bags to sell for the benefit. (Truth Photo By Mark Shephard)
Photographs of Daniel Runion and David Anglemyer were on display next to the front door of Hansen's Holiday Skating Rink, which hosted a benefit Sunday that was held to help raise funds for the funeral of Daniel Runion, who died with his best friend David Anglemyer on June 7, when an auto crossed the centerline on C.R. 20, and struck the boys as they were riding their bicycles. (Truth Photo By Mark Shephard)
Runion and Anglemyer died on June 7 when a vehicle crossed the center line on C.R. 20 and struck the boys as they were riding their bicycles.
Snapshots of a life together greeted people at the front door and a photo of the two buddies had been printed on T-shirts, long-sleeved shirts and hoodies, which were well in fashion, and a contributor to the fund-raiser thanks to the efforts of Amy Jo Miller and Dirty Squeegee Screen Printing of Middlebury.
“Gone too soon,” said Miller of David and Daniel, whose sister, Christy Runion, had contacted Miller about printing T-shirts and canvas bags for the benefit.
As people started arriving Sunday, Christy was busy organizing a silent auction, as was Tonya Emerson, who said the accident was right next to her church, Calvary Assembly of God.
“I didn't know the family, but I saw them at the crash site by the cross. I saw someone one day, and I had lost a son 10 years ago, and I knew how she felt just standing there, and that's what compelled me to leave a note at the crash site. And I didn't know if they would even find it, but they did, and the sister, Christy, came into my church and talked to my pastor and asked about me, and I just happened to be walking in at the same time. So we kind of hooked up that way, and she told me about the benefit. So I'm just trying to help the family,” said Emerson.
Thirteen-year-old twins Mallory and Johnny Hurley of Goshen talked about all the good times they had with Daniel and David. “We usually used to skate together” said Mallory. “We used to play shoot-the-duck, when you go down on one foot,” said Johnny about a roller-skating move.
Along with the silent auctions and the T-shirts, the benefit also featured a 50-50 raffle, and red wrist bands with “Remember the Boys — David and Daniel — 1993 - 2012” stamped on them. “I think it might have been the boys' favorite color. My mom picked it,” said Christy.
Christy had set up a “Benefit for Daniel Runion” event Facebook page, and she said “we've definitely been connecting with a lot of people on Facebook. “We had also put out flyers,” said Christy, who also mentioned local newspapers and “word of mouth.”
Donations can be made to the “Daniel and Davids Memorial Fund” at any PNC Bank and at http://go.to/funding.