A benefit was held Saturday for a Green Bay family who has been struggling with the death of their loved one, Nicole VanderHeyden—whose death is being declared a murder. She left behind three children.
A gorgeous day at Woods Golf Course of Green Bay was the perfect setting to remember VanderHeyden.
“She loved golf. loved being outside. She loved nature,” said Nicole’s sister Heather Meyer. “And so we just thought this was the right fit for something to do for her and to remember her life, and more kind of a celebration in remembering her beautiful soul.”
“They’re a great family,” said an event organizer, Emily Degroot. “Nikki was a great person, she had a great spirit and I just want to be there as much as I can.”
The benefit grew beyond the family’s expectations: golfing, huge raffle prizes, a silent auction, a fully catered event and more. They say that all money raised goes to pay for a funeral, a headstone, and to support Nicole’s three children, who she wanted to see go to college.
“The donations are just blowing us all away,” said Lynn Krupka, Nicole’s Aunt. “It is just amazing the amount of giving and people that have come forward to give of themselves and their time.”
VanderHeyden’s family says what happened to them was a nightmare, but days like this help them heal.
“I just want to thank the public for all the outreach that they gave our family in our time of need,” said Vicki Meyer, Nicole’s mother. “My heart was just breaking you know. Just thank God that everybody came out supported us for a good cause: my daughter.”