Binbrook concert will raise funds for Bosma charity
A benefit concert is being used to raise money for the charity created in Tim Bosma’s memory.
Organizers of the Saturday, July 22 benefit, entitled Community in the Countryside, hope to once again surround the Bosma family with love and support, they say, all while raising money for charity.
Community in the Countryside takes place from 5 p.m. to midnight at Germania Park in Binbrook. It will feature live bands, a silent auction, raffles, and door prizes.
Jozina Dykstra Lundy, who helped bring the event to fruition, said although the concert is being held four years after Bosma’s death, organizers want the family to know that people still want to offer their support.
“We will never forget Tim, and we want (the Bosmas) to know that,” Lundy said. “I hope they draw some comfort from knowing that this crowd gathered in honour of Tim as a sign of solidarity, love, and support.”
Bosma, 32, left his rural Ancaster home on May 6, 2013 to take two strangers for a test drive of the truck he was selling. His remains were found eight days later on a farm near Kitchener. In June 2016, after a four-and-half-month trial and five days of deliberations, a Hamilton jury found two Toronto-area men guilty of first-degree murder. They were sentenced to life in prison with no possibility of parole for 25 years.
“When Tim was missing, we prayed and prayed and prayed, and also put up posters, drove around looking for him and the truck, actively participating in trying to help,” Lundy said. “During the trial, we continued to pray and some of us also went to the trial to support the Bosma family.
“But other than that, there was nothing else we could really do.”
After her husband’s death, Sharlene Bosma set up the registered charity called Tim’s Tribute, which is dedicated to providing assistance to the innocent victims of homicide.
Lundy said the idea behind Community in the Countryside is to not only bring the community of people who knew and loved Bosma together again, but to raise a “ton” of money for the charity created in his memory. “The funds are used to assist the families of victims of homicide, and since we live in a broken world, there is still a need for this,” she said.
Lundy attended elementary school with Bosma, and the blondhaired blue-eyed youngster was often invited to birthday parties at her home.
On the entertainment schedule for the day are notable entertainers such as Jacob Moon, Ray Lyell, Rhythm Works, Mike Almas Blues Band, and Cannery Row. Lundy and co-organizers Rick Flokstra and Anne teGrotenhuis will also perform, as they sometimes do with other members of Ancaster Christian Reformed Church.