What would you do if your best friend in the world went missing? What about your son, daughter, or significant other?
It’s something that no one wants to think about, but this happened for many in our community when our loving friend Garrett Rodriguez was reported missing.
A member of our Ocean Beach family named Katrina Leblanc, like an older sister to me, found out her best friend couldn’t be located and was last seen in a dangerous area of Humboldt County. This motivated her to spring to action and raise awareness for the community. She put together a whole fundraiser for the occasion, and part of it was the sale of T-Shirts.
“Ocean Beach’s Finest- Garret Rodriguez”, they read. As soon as I heard there were T-shirts, I knew we had to buy them and support. So all three of us StirCrazies rocked them at our show Friday night and announced the fundraiser to the packed house at Gallagher’s.
It was a beautiful, emotional show and weekend to say the least, but the fundraiser was a huge success, even attracting a performance by Kyle McDonald of Slightly Stoopid and the legendary Don Carlos. It was a weekend I will never forget, and I hope with all of my being that we get the answers we need and can stop the suffering that his family and friends have endured. The fundraiser was primarily to raise money to help fund the investigation.
Thank you so much to everyone who came out to support, and donated their time and talents to such a good cause, including 140 Yards, Whiskey Avengers, Bad Neighborz and more! In our thoughts and prayers Garret, the world could use more people like yourself!