By Mike Heutmaker, JMSer
Honoring the memory of Brandi Frakie: I skate with a group of people (men and women) on Sunday mornings, primarily at St. Louis Park Ice Arena. These players have been doing this Sunday morning thing for a few years now and we’ve become a pretty tight group (hockey has a way of doing this). This is one of those skates you look forward to not only week to week, but summer to summer.
One of the more skilled players who joined us a few years ago was Brandi Frakie, a lovely young lady who was skating for Wayne State varsity hockey and the Minnesota Thoroughbreds prior to that. She was so skilled and fun to watch, and seeing her on the ice, in her element, was always entertaining. Brandi spent a lot of time at the St. Louis Park Ice Arena, both as an athlete and employee.
Last summer, we received some terribly sad news. On August 25, after completing her junior year at Wayne State, for some reason we will never understand, Brandi took her own life. I still struggle trying to understand this, and I’m sure I never will.
As a group, the Sunday morning hockey players knew we needed to do something to memorialize Brandi. The sponsor of the Sunday morning games, John Bellingham of the AHA Roadrunners, has organized a memorial skate and fundraiser in Brandi’s memory, for July 10 at the St. Louis Park Ice Arena. The event will include a family skate and hockey–full details are below.
We’d like to raise money to buy the St. Louis Park Ice Arena two Automatic Electronic Defibrillators (AEDs) in Brandi’s memory. Any funds beyond the $2,500 raised to cover the cost of these devices will go to Brandi’s family.
I ask that if you can attend, please do. If you can’t and would like to make a donation to the cause, please see below. And if nothing else, please pass this info to anyone who might be interested. Everyone, at any level of skating ability, is welcome and encouraged to attend.
And finally, if you know anyone who may need help, or if you need assistance or just someone to talk to, please call the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 1-800-273-8255, or visit www.SAVE.org for more help and resources.
Event: Sunday, July 10
2.30 to 4 p.m.
Kids, family, friends open skate
A donation of $30 per family would be helpful, but any donation above this amount would be greatly appreciated.
Children must be accompanied by an adult while on the ice. Helmets and protective gear are strongly recommended.
4 to 5.45 p.m.
A donation of $25 per person would be helpful, but any donation above this amount would be greatly appreciated.
If you are unable to attend but would like to make a donation, you can make out your check to Bob and Kim Evers and send it c/o John Bellingham to 8 Westwood Circle, Minnetonka 55305.