On May 12th 2017, tragedy struck a Napanee family when their 15 year old son Garrett Mills was suddenly killed when an unanchored soccer net tipped over and struck him in the head. The incident drew a lot of attention as Garrett was the son of local radio personality and entertainer, Buzz Collins.
Since then, many have questioned how or why something like this could happen to such a loving and generous person like Garrett. After all, he truly lived his life every day to make people smile. His passing has not only left a hole in the heart of his family, but also within his school and community.
In order to make some sense out of what was indeed senseless, Garrett’s parents have crusaded for the legislation of the mandatory anchoring of mobile soccer nets. The proposed bill, “Garrett’s Legacy Act” has been written and championed by MPP Todd Smith and at last report, is very likely to be enacted in to law in the not too distant future.
However, it is the desire of Garrett’s family that he is remembered more for how he lived rather than how he died. The slogan on Garrett’s Instagram account still reads “Get out there and change this world for the better”. It was his heart’s desire to truly make a positive impact in this world and he constantly put his words to action each day simply by being a help wherever he could; at home, in the school hallways, in his neighbourhood and beyond.
In an effort to further Garrett’s legacy and hopefully inspire others to follow his example, the Garrett Mills Memorial Scholarship was established. The scholarship, is awarded annually to one deserving graduate of Garrett’s high school, Napanee District Secondary School. Rather than being academically driven, the recipient will be a student who demonstrated those characteristics that were similar to Garrett’s: generosity, patience, kindness, empathy for others, etc.
To fund this scholarship, a local music festival called “GarrettFest” is now held annually in Napanee. Aside from a line-up that showcases some of the best in local musical acts from Napanee, Kingston, Belleville and beyond, there is also a silent auction and other high-valued items available via raffle draws. For more information on GarrettFest, please visit the GarrettFest Facebook page.
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Please join us at GarrettFest 2018 on Saturday September 15th in the Lafarge Banquet Hall at the Strathcona Paper Centre Arena (16 McPherson Drive, Napanee) to raise funds in support of the Garrett Mills Memorial Scholarship Award.
Admission is $20 ($10 for NDSS Students) and includes door-prizes, silent auction items, snacks, comedy and live music (food-truck and cash-bar available).
Doors open at 6pm and the evening is being hosted by Bill Welychka of CKWS TV and features live comedy from Ryan Denee and live music from:
• Kings of the Cold
• The Great Unwashed
• The Trevor Walsh Band
Facebook event here>>>https://www.facebook.com/events/1026647770831973/
• Chuck’s Roadhouse (9 Jim Kimmett Blvd, Napanee)
• Deadleaf Distinguished Gentlemen (42 Dundas St. East, Napanee)
• Gray’s IDA (18 Dundas St. West, Napanee)
• Marie’s Place (62 Dundas St. West, Napanee)
• Mrs. Rees’ Vintage Beauty Parlour (69 Dundas St. East, Belleville)
• The Pita Pit (1 Richmond Blvd, Napanee)
Please feel free to invite friends and family to this event.
***Special thanks to Jason Rees of JayBird Digital Arts for the very impressive GarrettFest 2018 poster and ticket design work. ***
NAME | GarrettFest
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