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Local bands to hold benefit for Addie's Army after charity funds stolen

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LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) -- When the Louisville music community heard about thousands of dollars stolen from a 3-year-old with Leukemia, they stepped up in a big way.

At Jim Porter's Good Time Emporium, the St. Patty's Day decorations are up all for a benefit for a Addie Roberts.

"She seems like a very happy child, wears a lot of pink, has a lot of girl dolls, but just seems like a normal little girl. But just to go through that at that age, just seems like it would be difficult and hard," said special events coordinator Bryan Leras.

Addie Roberts is still in and out of the hospital.

WDRB caught up with her last month to see her playing with puzzle pieces and relaxing at home. Her family says she's continuing treatments for Leukemia with a spinal tap and chemo.

Kyle Nunn, a former family friend, is now behind bars at Metro Corrections accused of stealing $9,000 from her charity, Addie's Army, by pretending to set up a Jason Aldean concert for her.

"We just felt like we should do something for this family. We felt like this was a horrible story," Leras said.

People who have never met Addie or her family are now trying to come to their aid. Jim Porter's is expected to be packed on St. Patrick's night for a huge fundraiser.

"We'd like to raise money back that was stolen from her and get that to her and any additional benefits, any additional money that we can raise and help the family to help her through this horrible time," Leras said.

Fifteen bands initially signed up to play, now there are 26. Mom's Music and Guitar Center children's bands are also expected to perform.

Nunn was a band member himself and had played at Jim Porter's just two weeks before he was arrested.

"This community weeds out bad people. It's pretty cool and you just don't do things to hurt people period," said event coordinator Tom Langford.

All of the proceeds will go to Addie and her family. The event will include a drawing and silent auction.

"Jason Aldean's management has contacted us and said they'd like to provide merchandise, signed merchandise, to provide for the benefit that should accumulate a large amount of money," Leras said.

On St. Patrick's Day, families can come between 6 and 9:30 p.m. There is a minimum donation of $10 per person to get in, but children five and under are free.

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