This time of year is always bittersweet for me. As many of you know, I have helped organize a fundraiser event for my dear friendDavid Wilson which is schedule for September 10. David has been suffering from ALS which is an incurable disease that has slowly robbed him of his voluntary muscle movement. Cruelly, this disease does not affect cognitive awareness or major senses. As a result, David has been “locked in” his body which he can no longer control and his condition continues to deteriorate to the point that he has lost much of his ability to communicate with the outside world. Despite David’s situation, he has always lived up to the examples of Lou Gehrig & Catfish Hunter – always positive, uplifting to everyone he is around and a blessing to the lives of so many people.
I am proud of The David Wilson Fundraiser’s rich history of giving & helping others that has only been made possible by your past donations of money, time, goods and attendance.
In 2015, Danita Hamrick was our recipient and she is a Multiple Sclerosis navigator. In 2014, we were excited to help the wonderfulBrian & Violet Dukes family. As you remember, just one month after the birth of the couple’s first child, Brian was diagnosed with Guillain-Barre Syndrome and I am pleased to say that Brian has had a full recovery. In 2013, we created the 1st Annual Alan Biggerstaff Local Musician Award. The recipients of this award also receive monies from this fundraiser. For 2013, we honored Art Mauney. The prior year, we honored Eddie Javan Cook. Also in2013, we helped the three children of Bethany Johnson Preston, David Wilson’s nurse who suddenly passed away from cancer. In2012, Alan Biggerstaff was our recipient who suffered from cancer. Unfortunately, Alan lost his fight but his art and music lives. For2011, the event was able to significantly help Dana Hare, Hannah Conley and Gale Langston with their medically challenges & expenses. Since 2010, The David Wilson Fundraiser has been able to help and/or fund countless wheelchair upgrades, ramps, computer & software products/upgrades, medical expenses and challenges that David & others have endured due to their medical condition.
PLEASE NOTE: we are limiting our golf event this year to 22 teams to help control costs and speed play. If you plan to play or arrange a golf team, PLEASE reserve your team with me ASAP with a simple email (firstname.lastname@example.org) or text/phone call (704.258.4930) then if need be, submit your golf team via the attached form at a later date.
So…Can I ask for your help??? I know many of you are asked to support many causes in this area – all of them are worthy of your support. With The David Wilson “Pass the Gift” Fundraiser, you will be able to meet the people that have been helped in the past and the beneficiaries that we hope to help this year & into the future.
PLUS, all of your donations are tax deductible – The David Wilson “Pass the Gift” Fundraiser is a 501-C.
Please consider playing in the golf event, providing sponsorship, attending the concert and having fun while helping your neighbor.
Follow up on facebook as well at www.facebook.com/PassTheGiftFundraiser
– Chuck Hamilton
From all of us involved with the 2015 David Wilson Pass The Gift Fundraiser, thank you for making this year a huge success. We had a great time for a great cause and had a lot of fun. In the coming days, we will be publishing photos adding more personal stories from our recipients and their families. Thank you again for all your support!
The goal of the David Wilson Pass The Gift Rollin’& Rockin’ Fundraiser is to provide much needed funds for the Wilson family and other recipients in crises due to neurologic deficit. ALS continues to bring new challenges to David’s body and quality of life. Losing your ability to walk, speak, or function with pain or weakness makes your world smaller. When a friend offers their hand, that world begins to expand. When LOTS of friends reach out, it opens wide. The true gift David received was the realization that others need the same love and support. Due to the unbelievable response in 2010, David made a promise to his friends and the community to pay that gift forward for many years to come.
With the proceeds from our past events, we have been able to help the following people! Alan Biggerstaff, Hannah Conley, Tanner Deaton, Dana Hare, Gail Langston, Ashley McIntyre, Roger Padgett, Bethany Preston’s family, Art Mauney and Brian Dukes.
For this year’s event we have expanded our focus to include bringing awareness to Multiple Sclerosis. (MS). The Rollin’ & Rockin’ “Pass the Gift” Fundraiser’s beneficiary will be Danita Hamrick. Danita is a daughter, wife, mother, educator, friend, a Multiple Sclerosis navigator, and so much more. She was born in Chicago, Illinois and moved to Shelby, NC with her family in 1979. She graduated from Shelby High School and Gardner-Webb University with a BS in Early Childhood Education. She later received a MA in School Administration from UNCC. She accomplished her educational goals while marrying her husband, Scott and becoming a mother to her son, Dayne and her daughter, Laurabeth. She would take one class a week for five years to finish her MA. She spent most of her career at Washington Elementary as a teacher and then as an Assistant Principal. Danita has suffered with MS since she was diagnosed in 1999.
Any support you can offer us will be greatly appreciated!