Marquette – September 19, 2015 – By KJ Wiegand – The UP community came together on Saturday September 19th with overwhelming support for the Filizetti family. This benefit follows the tragic death of their beautiful 4 year old daughter Amarah. A huge benefit came together raising funds for the family where people from near and far drove to attend this amazing event Saturday.
The event was held with the support of many, at the Crossroads Restaurant & Lounge where Amarah’s mom Stacey works, and was coordinated by several people including: (friends and coworkers) Mandy Wyatt, Megan Bazinette, Nick Bazinette and Sue Krieg.
The many volunteers wore tiaras and Pink t-shirts and in her memory, with “Our Little Peanut” on the front, and “Princess Amarah” on the back. This was so thoughtful, as Amarah just loved the movie Frozen and the princess Elsa. Many little girls dressed like Elsa, in Amarah’s memory, including family friend/coworker and Amarah’s babysitter Cheyenne Wirkula. The Gwinn Varsity Cheerleading team was present, showing their support and assisting with serving and cleanup. They are all very close with Amarah’s mom Stacey, as she is also the Coach of their cheer team. Although this has affected each one of them personally, freshman Kimber Shelafoe offered, “We were so glad to meet her, and we are getting through this as a team”. Senior Samantha Heinz spoke for the team, ”We’re all going to miss her”.
“This is a terrible tragedy, but so much incredible support from the community is touching,” said Marsha Waters, one of the volunteers from the Ministry Outreach of Lake Superior Christian Church, where the Filizetti family attends worship. The group of 15 of this prayer and care ministry have been supporting the Filizetti family through prayer and meals since the accident and continued by serving the delicious meals at the fund raiser. The fund raising didn’t stop with the delicious food offered. There were about 300 raffle prizes donated and 50/50 tickets were sold the whole day long. The day ended with LIVE music from the band of local musicians that gathered in memory of Amarah.
Wayne and Stacey were just overwhelmed and thankful for the support from the community, as they greeted and thanked people for coming. “It was a huge success, and a positive thing”, said Nick Bazinette, Manager of the restaurant. The proceeds are still being tallied, but over 700 meal tickets were sold and approximately 1,000 of our community supporters were there to show their support for the family. It truly was a celebration for Amarah, where strangers, friends and family all came together as a positive event, to help the Filizetti family move forward.
We wish the family and friends our sincere condolences from the family at Great Lakes Radio, and thank them for allowing us to be a part of this celebration.