Remembrance Events

Remembrance Events


Create a Remembrance Event and Fundraiser

For those who are planning a remembrance event that is also serving as a fundraiser, NILMDTS will assist you in a number of ways as long as 100% of the event proceeds will benefit NILMDTS or at least a $1000 or more will be donated to NILMDTS.

          *  Support from Headquarters by providing advice and
              information on how to make the most of your event.
          *  Listing on the website.
          *  Facebook and Twitter post.
          *  Highlight in the newsletter.
          *  Provide a display for your event.
          *  Provide brochures.
          *  Assist with obtaining media coverage.
          *  Donation page to recognize your baby and raise funds from
              those who may not be able to attend your event.
          *  Provide a professional photographer to photograph your
              event (if available).
          *  Provide a local volunteer to speak briefly about NILMDTS at
              your event (if available)

Create a Remembrance Event

Please let us know if you plan to create a remembrance event in your city.  A number of parents in the infant loss community create events in honor of their babies.  These events include walks, balloon releases, butterfly releases and more.  Additionally, many parents create fundraiser remembrance events in honor of their babies. NILMDTS promotes general remembrance events in the following ways:

          *  Listing on the website.
          *  Listing in the newsletter.
          *  Provide a display for your event.
          *  Provide brochures and other handouts.


Anytime Fitness Fundraiser in memory of Violet Kaye


Yoga Scuplt Class in honor of Remy Ray and her parents Josh and Lisa Higgins
2nd Annual Memorial Golf Outing in memory of Dalton James Bruning
Miles for Mila 5k Walk/Run in memory of Mila Laurine Kirk
Anytime Fitness Fundraiser in memory of Violet Kaye


Aspire Fitness Event in memory of Joseph Webb DeMoss
The 32nd annual alumni basketball tournament in memory of Chase Kelly Riddell
Emerson's 8th Annual Memorial Event in memory of Emerson Riley Bradley
Hyatt's 3rd Annual Run with the Angels in memory of Hyatt Walker Fleegle
Bert Adams Disposal Charity Golf Tournament in memory of Dalton John Harder


Awareness concert in memory of Edith Auburn Weischedel
Wilson’s Annual Spaghetti Dinner in memory of Lorelei Rose Wilson
Second Life Tiny Footprints
Emerson's 7th Annual Memorial Event in memory of Emerson Riley Bradley
Noah's Walk in memory of Noah James Schuenke
A Walk to Remember in Aberdeen, SD in memory of all babies
5k and 1 mile Fun Run in Mooresville, NC in memory of Sawyer E. Gibson


Prior to 2014
Canvas and Chardonnay in Rochester, MN
Poker Run for Georgia Sutton
Soccer Tournament
My Thirty one for Samuel Josiah
Caleb Calvin Charity Golf Tournament
Yardsale Fundraiser
A Race to Remember – 5K Run for Jonas
Labor and Delivery of Grief Art Show
The Elizabeth Experience
Poker Run (Motorcycles)
OC Walk to Remember
Walk to RememberMalachi 5K Walk
Wing Ding Fundraiser
Carly May Golf Tournament
Hyatt's 5K/Fundraiser
Restorative Yoga
Babies to Heaven 5K Remembrance Walk/Run
Karaoke and Balloon Release
Littlest Angel Foundation 5K Walk/Run in Memory of Catherine Elizabeth Guidone
Barrel Race/Rodeo

During the month of October, in honor of Pregnancy and Infant Loss Awareness Month, amazing Anytime Fitness members at 26 different locations walked, jogged, ran and bought t-shirts to raise awareness for NILMDTS in honor and memory of Violet Kaye. This year they raised $2,000.00! Read more here.


When Hunter came to us asking to run in the race, it didn’t surprise us. Whether it is a canned food drive at school or washing wheel chairs at a nursing home, he always seems to be helping out. We couldn’t be more proud of the young man he is turning into.

Prior to the race, I made sure he completely understood who and what he was running for and that it was important for him to do his absolute best. I told him that no matter how tough the race was to remember that he was running in honor people that are hurting. He told me, “I’m going to make you proud, dad”. I said, “I already am, son”. That day my wife and I got to witness our little miracle winning his first 5K race – a moment we will cherish forever.

Jayeson, Hunter's Father

Read the entire story of Hunter and how he was connected to the Miles for Mila race here.


The race went by in a flash, it was a blur. But, we really did it. We pulled it off perfectly. We did it for Mila. I know as our angel Mila looked down on her mom and dad, her big brother, her grandparents, aunts, uncles, and friends that day, she was very proud. She was proud of not only her family, but all of the walkers and runners, everyone who volunteered, and everyone who donated to our cause. In total, we raised over $8,000 for Now I Lay Me Down To Sleep, a dollar amount that is simply astonishing.

We will never be able to teach her to dance, we will never braid her hair, we will never be able to mend a skinned knee or soothe her broken heart, but what we will be able to do is honor her as best as we can and the 1st Annual Miles for Mila 5k Walk/Run was just the start.

~ Gregg, Mila's Daddy

Read the entire event recap here.


(Pictured: Justin and Amanda Buchholz, parents of Violet Kaye, and Kristin Flaten-Director of Membership Operations-Anytime Fitness)

During the month of October, in honor of National Pregnancy and Infant Loss Awareness Month, amazing Anytime Fitness members at 28 different locations walked, jogged, ran and bought t-shirts to raise awareness for NILMDTS in honor and memory of Violet Kaye.  On November 22nd, on Violet Kaye’s birthday, they submitted their donation of $2664.00.


The Dalton James Bruning (DJB) Foundation held its 2nd Annual Dalton James Bruning Memorial Golf Outing and Community Event on May 21, 2016 at Woodlawn Country Club in Farmer City, Illinois.

There was a record number of 96 golfers (24 teams) that played in the golf outing this year with an additional 20 turned away due to lack of space on the golf course. Another record was broken with over 50 different auction groupings/baskets donated to benefit the foundation. Prizes were awarded to the First, Second, and Last Place teams.

This event serves as the major annual fundraising event for the DJB Foundation as well as offer them an opportunity to highlight an organization and donate a portion of the money raised in Dalton’s name. This year, the organization highlighted was NILMDTS. Because of the generosity of our small community (approximately 2,800 people), the foundation raised over $15,000. After costs were deducted, the foundation was able to donate approximately 10% of their profit to NILMDTS and donated $1,000 in Dalton’s name.

Beyond donating to NILMDTS, the foundation was able to share pictures of Dalton, share how NILMDTS works and the amazing organization they are with their community, and be reminded that their community loves Dalton just as they do and they have a desire to honor and remember him as well as bring joy to his name. We are looking forward to the 3rd Annual Event and know it will continue to be such a success!

You can find out more about the Dalton James Bruning Foundation here


10 people gathered at Belly Bliss for a Yoga Scuplt Class in Denver, CO.  $350 was donated in honor of Remy Ray and her parents Josh and Lisa Higgins.



Aspire Fitness in Lexington, Kentucky brought 30 people in the spirit of charity and fitness. They raised $500 for NILMDTS and will be sending it in honor of Joseph Webb DeMoss.  If you are in their area and would like more information, you can check them out here.

ChaseKellyThe 32nd annual alumni basketball tournament in Nebraska for Scotus Central Catholic High School of which we attended with Kerry "Stephan" Riddell.  There were 30 total teams consisting of about 220 players.  Our class, which is the class of 1999, won the entire tournament once again.  More importantly though, was the fact that we raised awareness for your cause and to hopefully help Kerry and her family deal with their loss.  Our class, was one of those unique classes that really hung together and got along together with everyone.  Columbus, NE is a small community of about 30,000 people and I'm 100% positive we helped raise awareness for Now I Lay Me Down to Sleep (NILMDTS).  I'm mailing Kerry a couple jerseys that I have left over so she can frame or just keep knowing that her classmates are here to help support her. 

- Matt Mroczek, and the Class of 1999 Team

The Class of 1999 Team raised $400 in honor of Chase Kelly Riddell!  Thank you guys for your support of Kerry and her family, and Now I Lay Me Down to Sleep.
EmersonEventEmerson's 8th Annual Memorial Event raised $4,400 for NILMDTS which turned into 88 care packages donated in honor of some very special babies! This event has gone from a few people in their home to over 125 people at Blanc this year.

"It's amazing to see what can happen when you turn your grief and anger into good things. Not to mention it makes you feel a million times better! It definitely helps with our healing process knowing that others will remember her and help honor her little life!"

- Brandi Bradley, mother to Emerson Riley Bradley

10848960_769712493084673_6916820943813892223_oCanvas and Chardonnay in Rochester, MN does a couple fundraisers every month to charities that are suggested to them and then donate $10 per every painter that attends to the charity.  Sabrina Snyder contacted Canvas and Chardonnay to see if they would do a fundraiser for NILMDTS to give back to the most beautiful service I have ever received.

The class was sold out that night and there were 60 painters that attended.

It was a lot of fun and I am glad I could help give back!" - Sabrina

This year the Wilson's Annual Spaghetti Dinner kicked off its inaugural event in their daughter's memory.  The special speaker for the evening was NILMDTS member photographer Marti Wagner who spoke about why she is a volunteer and what being a NILMDTS photographer means to her.   
The event included a raffle with items donated by local and co
rporate businesses. One of the most popular raffle was the chance to have a rocking chair with an engraved name plate donated to a local hospital in memory of their child(ren).

Spaghetti Dinner held 10/25/2014 

In memory of:  Lorelei Rose Wilson 10-28-2011

Photographer:  Marti Wagner
Raised about $2,100
Edith Auburn WeischedelAn awareness concert was held in honor of Edith Auburn Weischedel on Dec.17th 2014 at the Calico Skies Winery in Inwood, IA.  All proceeds from the event were donated to the NILMDTS the total raised was about $1100.
At the concert were three speakers, one was Dr. Marcie Moran, a grief counselor who spoke about dealing with grief and how no one deals with it the same way.  Amy Daws was the second speaker, she wrote a book called Chasing Hope that documents her journey of experiencing multiple miscarriages before she was blessed with a daughter. She really did a nice job of making it relatable to everyone there who had been through it, and those who had never even thought of it. She donated a portion of all her book sales from the night as well.  The third speaker was Emily Eggebraaten as a representation for NILMDTS.  Emily is a current NILMDTS volunteer photographer who spoke about the organization so people understood where the funds were going.
They had a lineup of local musicians who donated their talent including guitarist Chris Champion, pianist/singer Elizabeth Hunstad with guitarist Matt Hastad, guitarist (our dad) Geoff Gunderson with singer Amy Ellsworth, the Childbloom guitar ensemble of Sioux Falls, guitarist/singer Allen Goodroad, and the band the Union Grove Pickers. The winery also posted a followup page on the event with information and photos here:
Thank you for helping other families in their time of need through your services. We're hoping to make this an annual event so you may hear from us again next year. - Marissa Gunderson (Aunt to Edith Auburn Weischedel)