Mineville A Valentine’s Day dinner-dance will assist efforts to construct a garden and park in Port Henry for families who have lost a child.
The benefit for the Lake Champlain Memorial Garden & Angel of Hope Monument will be held Friday, Feb. 14, at the Mineville VFW. There will be a cocktail hour with appetizers and a cash bar at 6:30 p.m., a buffet dinner at 7:30 p.m. and dancing 9 p.m. to 1 a.m.
Dinner-dance tickets are $30 a person and $55 a couple and can be purchased in advance by calling Luci Carpenter at 572-6427 or 546-8272. Tickets for the dance only can be purchased at the door for $7 at 8:45 p.m.
Luci and Tom Carpenter of Moriah, whose son Brian died in a car accident in 2005, are leading the effort to create a Lake Champlain Memorial Garden & Angel of Hope Monument. It will be located at the Moriah town hall, Park Place, Port Henry.
“For the past three years, we have been searching for just the right spot to dedicate to the Memorial Garden and Angel of Hope Monument,” Luci Carpenter said. “Through the generous donations of family, friends and community to the Brian T. Carpenter Memorial Fund, Tom Scozzafava and the Moriah town board, this project has now becoming a reality.”
The Angel of Hope Monument is a replica of the angel monument inspired by the book “The Christmas Box.” The book, written by Richard Paul Evens, is the story of a mother’s grief and eventual solace over the loss of her child.
“The Lake Champlain Memorial Garden & Angel of Hope Monument is being created to become a peaceful place for grieving parents, families and friends of children who have died — before or after birth, young or old; to mourn, heal and remember their loved one,” Carpenter said. “This is for everybody. The angel and garden represent hope, peace and sanctuary for all who have lost a loved one, child to adult. After all, we are all someone’s child.