A benefit concert featuring GIVERS and Vagabond Swing to raise funds in the search for Mickey Shunick, 22, who has been missing since Saturday (May 19), is scheduled for Sunday at Parc International, 200 Garfield in downtown Lafayette.
Gates open at 5 p.m. and the music scheduled from 5:30-8 p.m. There's a suggested donation of $15 per person, but any amount will be appreciated.
"It was just one of those things that kind of evolved," says Jody Nederveld, a volunteer who helped organize the event. "The GIVERS had stepped up and at some point said they want to do something."
Nederveld says the band thought of performing at the vigil, but that was ruled out because it really wasn't the correct venue or the right time, but the GIVERS still wanted to help, saying "'We'll do whatever we can do.'"
Vagabond Swing will open the benefit concert and GIVERS will follow, according to Nederveld.
"Everybody's donating - the sound, both of the bands," says Nederveld of the grassroots effort to find Shunick. "Everybody's been really generous."
Softdrinks and water will be available for purchase at the alcohol-free benefit.
Other updates include that Texas EquiSearch is now involved with the search effort, and the Command Center is now located at Our Lady of Wisdom Catholic Church, 501 E. Saint Mary Blvd. on the UL campus. EquiSearch says it is in need of ATVs, horses and foot searchers and asks that volunteers bring their own water and snacks, along with a photo identification. Searchers must be at least 18 years of age.If you have any information about Shunick, contact the Lafayette Police Department at 337-291-8633 or send an email here.