MARGATE – Nearly 200 people helped raise $7,000 for the inaugural Walter “Ed” Vizthum Scholarship Fund Drink ‘N’ Shoes Saturday, July 14 at the Margate Log Cabin.
Of the 22 teams that entered the horseshoe tournament, the Flippin Fiends team of TJ Jannsch and Bud Smith took home first place. David Williamson and Paul Smith took home second place and JP Gronlund and his sister Lindsey Gronlund Burwell, team Ironworkers, took home third place.
The event was held in honor of Vizthum who died at 32-years-old on Aug. 28, 2017 when his heart stopped beating. He left behind two newborn twin girls and a deep hole in the hearts of his many friends and family members. To honor his legacy, his friends and family created the 501c3 nonprofit organization to provide assistance to incoming freshmen at alma mater, Holy Spirit High School beginning with the 2019-2020 school year. Scholarships will be awarded based on financial need, academic merit, an essay contest and letter of recommendation.
“Thanks to everyone who came out to support a good cause,” Ed’s mother Denise Vizthum of Absecon said. “Our family wants to thank everyone who volunteered at the event. You made this happen, and we will never be able to express our love and appreciation.”
Colmar True Value Home Center in Margate donated all the material for the horseshoe pits to be built. The Cove, Schroeder Law Group, The Margate Log Cabin and Sparkable sponsored the event.
Many of the attendees were classmates of Vizthum who graduated from Holy Spirit in 2003 who came in from across the country including Illinois and California.
“I’m so proud of the outpouring of support that Ed’s friends and family showed to help make our first event more successful than we could have ever imagined,” event organizer Shaun Smith of Ventnor said. “We have a very motivated group of volunteers who really stepped up, took charge and worked together to help make the entire day a fun reunion – just the way Ed would have wanted.”
For more see vizfund.org.