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Concert to benefit victim recovering from Fox Island crash

Fox Island residents and local musicians want to celebrate Dallas Thornton, who is still healing from a serious collision on Christmas Eve.

The 19-year-old Eagle Scout was badly injured in a collision on Fox Island last December that left the other driver dead.

After the accident, Thornton’s surgeon estimated his recovery would take around six months before he was able to walking again, and two years for a complete recovery. Thornton suffered a broken wrist and finger, fractured pelvis, tibia, vertebrae and extensive injuries to both his feet and ankles which will require surgery in the near future, his father, Steve Thornton, said in December.

Now, more than 50 local musicians are performing at the Fox Island United Church of Christ to support Thornton and help raise money to help with the family’s medical bills.

Admission is free and donations are encouraged. The Dallas Thornton Celebration Concert will begin at 7 p.m. June 27. It’s original name was the Cheering Up Dallas concert, but organizers realized that Thornton has had a positive attitude during a difficult recovery, so the cheering up concert became a celebration.

Groups and musicians playing the show are Russ Salton, Arthur Keast, Natalee Lence, New Voice, La Voz de Paz, Above the Pines, Anthony Verderosa, Sarai Knowles, Fox Island United Church of Christ Chancel Choir and the Spectrum Choral Academy Ensemble.