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Jam planned for local performer

Musicians, actors raising money for hospitalized teen

Friends of Jackson Strecher, a University of North Texas student who suffered a rare brain hemorrhage on New Year’s Day, will have a fundraiser in his honor Sunday.

The 2 p.m. event, “Jam for Jackson,” will be at the Center for the Visual Arts, 400 E. Hickory St. The fundraiser will include music, local food trucks and an auction.

There is no set admission cost, but attendees are being asked to make donations to support Strecher’s medical expenses. Donations for the Strecher family are also being collected online at www.gofundme.com/HelpforJackson.

Strecher, 18, is awaiting brain surgery at Texas Health Harris Methodist Hospital Fort Worth after suffering a brain hemorrhage brought on by a condition known as arteriovenous malformation, an entanglement of arteries and veins that burst.

Jackson Strecher is known and loved in the Denton theatrical scene because of his years of involvement in the Denton Community Theatre youth and teen theater program — and because his father, Mike, is the theater group’s technical director.

The Sunday jam features performances by the Lead Pipes, a local band that Jackson Strecher played with before his hemorrhage, as well as Cindy Maloney, Brave Combo and Polly Maynard. Performances are also planned by Denton Community Theatre, Music Theatre of Denton and Bonduris Music.

Organizers hope to raise as much as $20,000 during the three-hour event.

Strecher, a 2013 Denton High School graduate, was in his freshman year at UNT.

“I’m very happy that he has such good friends that care about him,” his mother, Phaedra Strecher, told the Denton Record-Chronicle in January. “I just want to thank the entire community for their support. It means the world to us that Jackson is so loved by everyone.”

— Lucinda Breeding