Oklahoma City —
Some of August’s former schoolmates have planned a benefit for the weekend to raise money for the search.
Kelli Mayo, 13, attended Classen School of Advanced Studies, a grades 6-12 institution in Oklahoma City, with August. She and her stepsister, Peyton Bighorse, 18, make up the Oklahoma City-based pop-rock band Skating Polly and will be donating proceeds from the Teenage Kicks concert Saturday to the search. The show will feature their band and several others that have teenage performers.
Mayo, who said August was at last year’s Teenage Kicks concert, hopes the show and proceeds raised will help bring attention back to the search for the schoolmate she remembers for his creative Halloween costumes. Last year the benefit show raised $800 for a campaign to prevent gun violence, and the sisters hope to raise the same amount — if not more — this year.
“The reason we wanted to do this is because he’s been missing for like six months now. Whenever people go missing, it’s a big story at first. A lot of people cover it, but after time, bigger stories come out and that kind of fades to the background and people forget he’s missing,” Mayo said. “We want to help any way possible because we want to bring August home.”