St. Joseph, MI (August 30, 2010) – The seventh annual Dr. Lory Schults Memorial Lady Skipper Regatta on August 21, raised over $100,000 for Lory’s Place, the area’s only grief healing and bereavement resource center for children and their families.
The annual event consisted of a sailing regatta, raffle, and dinner auction held in memory of local physician, Dr. Lory Schults, who tragically died in an automobile accident in 2004. “We had eight boats, 55 lady sailors, and over 300 people involved in the event,” states Lisa Bartoszek, Director of Lory’s Place. This year the event raised over $100,000 to help cover the costs of serving hundreds of children and their families from Allegan, Berrien, Cass and Van Buren counties in Michigan, as well as from Elkhart and South Bend in Indiana. In 2009, 658 grieving children and adults participated in peer support groups at Lory’s Place, 530 children were supported through school outreach groups, and 957 people were served through walk-in visits, phone, email, outreach education, and crisis response.
Over 100 people participated in the sailing event with over 300 involved overall. Moody Blue, skippered by Darcy Miller, won the Spinnaker division. Rush, skippered by Josephine Woodruff, won the Jib & Main division. Panera Bread provided a wonderful lunch at West Basin Marina. Celebrations continued intothe evening at the Vineland Center with an elegant dinner and spirited auction attended by nearly 300 dedicated supporters.
Lory’s Place is a bereavement service of Hospice at Home and was created to help children and their families work through their grief so they can become capable, healthy, and optimistic about the future. The services are free to all who need them. Lory’s Place is fully funded by the generous donations and gifts of our community through events such as the Lady Skipper Regatta.
For more information about Lory’s Place, go to www.lorysplace.org or call Lory’s Place at (269) 983-2707.