Greensburg Daily News, Greensburg, IN

News

October 16, 2013

Local philanthropic club rallies in support of deceased teen

(Continued)

The New Breed donation will completely cover the purchase of Brandon Hempstead’s headstone. Asked how much New Breed’s contribution meant to her and her family, Treasa Hempstead replied, “It means a lot. It’s shocking to me that people would pull together and do something like that. A lot of those guys [in New Breed] don’t even know who I am or who Brandon was. Yet they pulled together and gave me something by which I can always remember my son and them. I can’t say ‘thank you’ enough for what they’ve done. God bless each and every one of them.”

Indeed, in an interview at the Daily News Monday night, Palmer, Maple and fellow New Breed Member Nate “Ratchet” Bowling, confirmed that most of the members of New Breed had never met Treasa or Brandon.

According to Palmer, however, all of New Breed’s membership agrees that Wayne and Summer Maple’s friendship with the Hempstead family is sufficient reason for New Breed to consider the Hempsteads family.

“We’re a family club,” Palmer said. “We all have kids of our own. And we hope that, if something happened to one of us or our kids, someone would step up and help just like we’re trying to do here.”

Wayne and Summer Maple describe Brandon Hempstead as a good, hardworking kid, who was very close to his younger sister Allison. Brandon, they said, was working to save money so Allison could attend college.

“He wanted to open a college fund,” Treasa Hempstead confirmed, “but he never got it started.”

The family still owes $2,500 for Brandon’s funeral expenses, Treasa added, and wants to organize additional fundraisers for sometime in the spring of 2014 – maybe a softball tournament, probably another motorcycle ride.

If there’s any money left over after from the additional fundraisers, Treasa said, the family intends to start a college fund for Allison as a way to achieve Brandon’s goal of sending her to college. It’s likely the members of New Breed will be around to help with any additional fundraisers.

Text Only
News
  • No confirmation of Philly papal visit PHILADELPHIA (AP) - Whether Pope Francis will visit Philadelphia during a major gathering of the world’s Roman Catholics remained a matter of speculation Friday after the archdiocese said a report he would attend should not be considered confirmation

    July 26, 2014

  • Islamic State destroys Jonah's Tomb in Mosul BAGHDAD (AP) — As Iraq selected a new president, Islamic militants blew up a revered Muslim shrine in Mosul traditionally said to be the burial place of the Prophet Jonah, several residents of the city told The Associated Press.The militants first or

    July 26, 2014

  • Police search Gary for tiger on the loose GARY, Ind. (AP) — Gary police searched the northwest Indiana city for a tiger after receiving several reports of a big cat on the loose.The reports began shortly before midnight Thursday and alleged sightings continued into Friday morning. Officers i

    July 26, 2014

  • Indy pulls support for Amtrak line INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — Indianapolis city officials have decided not to provide any additional money to subsidize an Amtrak passenger line between Indianapolis and Chicago, casting its future into question.Last year, city leaders signed onto a one-year f

    July 26, 2014

  • Decatur County Events Calendar Local clubs, service groups, fraternal organizations and others are encouraged to send their Coming Events information to the Daily News at news@greensburgdailynews.com or Daily News, PO Box 106, Greensburg, IN 47240. All July – International Crafts

    July 26, 2014

  • nws-gb072614-gecom internship 1 photo Internship connects Greensburg students with Gecom jobs GREENSBURG — When Greensburg resident Zachary Couch, 20, was growing up, he enjoyed tinkering with machines, especially cars, and hoped to turn his interest into a career. Now, just a couple of months out of high school, he is working full-time, maki

    July 26, 2014 1 Photo

  • nws-gb072614-ymca 100 birthday pic Decatur County YMCA celebrating 100 years tonight GREENSBURG — By 7 p.m. tonight, the “mocktails” will be flowing.That’s when the Decatur County Family YMCA will hold Celebration 100, the third of its summer-long festivities to celebrate the 100th Birthday of this venerable Tree City institution.In

    July 26, 2014 1 Photo

  • Educators offer paths to student success GREENSBURG — What started as an internship program between the local high school and auto parts maker Gecom has evolved into a harbinger of closer cooperation among leaders in education and business.Started last August as as a pilot project with six

    July 26, 2014

  • Visa, Amazon pull stock market lower NEW YORK (AP) — Disappointing news on the American consumer, reflected in the results of retail giant Amazon and credit card processor Visa, dragged down the stock market Friday, putting two major indexes on course for a weekly loss.KEEPING SCORE: Th

    July 26, 2014

  • Thinking about health Tracy Hume, a freelance writer who lives in Greeley, Co., and a reader of Thinking About Health columns, recently sent along this provocative question. “Do ER-affiliated urgent care providers ever try to escalate patients to the ER when it is not med

    July 26, 2014