We will be hosting the Defeat the Stigma/Beth Walter’s Scholarship Fundraiser on Sunday, November 27, from 1-5pm, at Shipyard’s Castaways, 1135 Cty Rd DB, Mosinee WI 54455. 715-342-9273
The Allen Brothers and a couple of surprise musicians that are stopping in to play some sets will all provide live music. All fees for the music will be paid for by Shipyard’s Castaways, and there will not be a cover charge.
Shipyard’s Castaways will provide the majority of the food, and volunteers will bring food to set up a buffet style. The food will be mostly appetizers and finger style food, as the timeframe is after lunch and before dinner. A donation jar will be set on the buffet table, and all proceeds will go towards the scholarships.
We will have 50/50 raffles and gift items to raffle off. There will be random donation jars for those who wish to privately donate.
We are working with two different fundraising organizations right now to decide on how best to elect the scholarship winners. I will get you that information ASAP.
We consider ourselves both a team and family at Shipyard’s Castaways. Beth Walters was a dear friend of mine, and the mother of one of our teams’ family, which means we were all affected by the battle Beth fought. My husband and Beth’s husband, Gary, have been friends since high school. Our daughters and Beth and Gary’s daughters have been friends since grade school. Losing Beth was difficult for my entire family. The guilt and questions that followed, and often still rear their ugly heads, make her passing always present and closure difficult. It is easy to get selfish and think of one’s own loss, but my sister-in-law made me aware of the run across Wisconsin for Defeat the Stigma. I immediately submitted Beth’s name to be honored, and had the pleasure of watching her daughter, Olivia, take part in that run. I heard incredible stories of people’s experiences and realized that, for everyone, the answers are few, the questions many, and yet these brave people dedicate so much time and energy to changing that ratio and the negativity clouding mental illness. We want to do our part, as well.