By Joe Bachman
STEVENS POINT — Hundreds showed up in an outpouring of support for ninth-grader Pax Robinson, the 2017 recipient of “Crafting for a Cause” — an annual fundraising event held on Dec. 6.
In 2010, a group of Stevens Point school alumni gathered to put together a small holiday craft show. However, before the show, one of the mothers had to rush her daughter to the hospital after becoming ill. Jill Nemeth’s daughter, Hope, was soon diagnosed with Meningitis and Encephalitis — and a lengthy hospital stay followed.
What also soon followed was the idea to make the craft show into a fundraiser, and they haven’t looked back, since.
“The event and the support of the community meant a lot to Jill and her family so Jill continues to organize and hold this yearly event,” said event member Renee Des Jarlais Chatman.
Each year, a family with a child who has been diagnosed with cancer is selected, with all proceeds to go towards that family. This year, Pax Robinson was chosen, who received a diagnosis of Non-Hodgkin’s Lymphoma on Aug. 25. Pax is a current student at P.J. Jacobs Junior High School.
Last year, the event raised $6,000, and this will year be no different. Held at the Sky Club, the venue for the event is donated, and a portion of all food sales go towards the family. This includes vendor fees and bake sale proceeds.
“Jill donates all of her time and is very passionate about this event that meant so much to her and her family in their time of need.” said Chatman.
You can check out the group’s Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/Crafting-for-a-Cause-2017-1497341227205414/