Holland, MI – East Saugatuck Church will be hosting a benefit concert, auction,
and pig roast to raise money for the Wes Leonard Heart Team – a foundation
created in memory of Wes Leonard – the Fennville High School basketball
player who died of Sudden Cardiac Arrest just after scoring a game-winning
layup to help his team clinch a perfect season. Wes was a two-sport standout in football
and basketball at Fennville High School.
All money collected at this event will be given to the Heart Team to continue
their mission to ensure every youth athletic facility has an AED (Automated
External Defibrillator) available and trained individuals to use it.
Saturday, August 6, East Saugatuck Church will be rocking the house or church
in this case with four local bands performing on stage - Nimrots, Lomax Big
House, Black Ice and ES Point Band (East Saugatuck Church’s own band). In
between bands, the benefit auctions will take place with merchandise donated
from local area merchants ranging from $25 gift cards, a cruise for two on
The Star of Saugatuck, to a pontoon boat rental (valued at $140) from Big
Lake Outfitters. The entire auction list can be found at www.espoint.org (as
of July 30). Members from the Heart Team will also be onsite giving information
and demonstrations on AEDs and their life saving abilities. The benefit will
begin at 5:00 p.m. with music playing until 10:00 p.m.
“Our church, like the rest of the community
was devastated by the loss of Wes. When we learned of The Wes Leonard Heart
Team, we knew we needed to do something to advance their cause, and to try to
prevent this from happening again, and to give other kids a chance at “just one
more game”. We think this concert,
auction and dinner is a great way to celebrate Wes’ life, raise money for
this cause, and bring awareness to the importance of AEDs. We hope everyone
comes out and shows their support at this great event”, says Pastor Gary
Luurtsema from East Saugatuck Church.
This is a FREE EVENT to the entire community with no admission charge. All
donations will go directly to the Wes Leonard Heart Team. East Saugatuck
Church is located at 3815 56th Street, Holland, MI.