By Alexa Tutor, Lakeland Currents staff
Raising up leaders. That’s the goal of the Hallelujah Helen Memorial Fund and the Lakeland residents who sponsor it.
Local residents Curt and Veronica Wennekamp, along with Curt’s father Chuck, started the fund in December 2013 to honor the memory of Curt’s mother, Helen, after she passed away in 2008. Helen and Chuck (who died in 2014) believed the best way to raise up leaders was to get the kids out of their environment for a short period of time by sending them to away-from-home summer camps.
Every year they allow children in the Mid-South area (particularly Lakeland and its surrounding areas) from ages 5-12 to apply for funding to attend these camps. Families can select any camp but must specify the name of the camp, dates and cost to attend when applying for the funding, according to Mrs. Wennekamp.
To finance the camp experiences, the Wennekamps have typically done a raffle in the spring. But this year they are sponsoring their first ever golf tournament at the Quail Ridge Golf Course in Bartlett.
It is scheduled for May 19 and they are seeking sponsors and golfers. After an included lunch and goody bag, golfers will start teeing off at 1 p. m and the tournament will conclude with a buffet dinner, a silent auction and various awards.
Curt works as an IT manager for Nike, Inc. and Veronica is a business analyst for Federal Express. They have a seven-year-old son who attends Lakeland Elementary School.
You can learn more about the Hallelujah Helen Memorial Fund at www.hhmf.org. If you would like to sign up for the golf tournament, please visit golf.hhmf.org or contact Veronica at firstname.lastname@example.org.
… photos courtesy of Veronica Wennekamp