Cast and crew members from The Vampire Diaries and The Originals have organized a Walk-A-Thon scheduled for next month in Atlanta, GA with all proceeds going to benefit the Sarah Jones Film Foundation which was created by her parents Richard and Elizabeth Jones. Today would have been Sarah Jones 28th birthday. The young camera assistant who worked on both television productions was killed on set during a feature shoot on a live train track in Georgia during the first day of production of the Gregg Allman biopic Midnight Rider. Her death has resulted in criminal charges to three of the filmmakers and citations of safety violations against them by OSHA.
“This is something we started discussing after Sarah’s death. Melinda Hsu Taylor was on the Vampire Diaries set when the crew heard about Sarah’s passing and seeing the intensity of emotions of those crew members who worked with Sarah, she thought it would be a nice way to celebrate Sarah later in the year so her memory wouldn’t be forgotten and so people remember about safety on the set,” said Julie Plec, executive producer of both Vampire Diaries and The Originals. “It’s a two-prong opportunity to honor a young woman we loved very much and to draw attention to her parent’s initiative.” Sarah Jones was a crew member on both productions for several years.
The 5K walk-a-thon, led by Jones’ parents and her brother Eric, will take place on Sunday, October 5. Those participating in the walk will live Tweet during the event to raise money via online donations. Proceeds will be used for programs for on set safety awareness initiatives, educational scholarships, and social media outreach via Slates for Sarah. More information can be found on the SafetyforSarah website, which was launched in August by the Jones’ family to bring attention to safety issues across the entertainment industry. The website contains links to FB groups such as Slates for Sarah, I Refuse to Work on Midnight Rider and a link to sign the A Pledge to Sarah commitment to speaking up and out for on-set safety issues; the pledge currently has over over 3,300 signees.