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The Aron Gunner Memorial Scholarship Foundation recently held their 3rd Annual Carlsbad Spirit Benefit Concert to raise funds to provide scholarships for CHS seniors. The event was held at The Stag and Lion Pub & Grille and included a silent auction with over 80 items donated from local businesses, raffles every 15 minutes, and live entertainment from local bands such as Taken By Canadians, The Paragraphs, and Trouble in the Wind. Nearly 300 attendees helped to raise $14,000 by the end of the night, with many donations still coming in. The Aron Gunner Memorial Scholarship Foundation is a 501(c)3 nonprofit established to honor the memory of Carlsbad native Aron Gunner, who passed away at the age of 23 in 2012. Carole Gunner commented, “Aron found his greatest joy in friendships and family. His infectious smile, beautiful eyes, warm hugs, and eternal optimism endeared him to many. It is with Aron’s spirit of compassion for others that the foundation moves forward.” For more information on the foundation visit