|January 3, 2013
Two Eagle River School and community come together for Morigeau fundraiser
By Alyssa Nenemay
The Two Eagle gymnasium was full to capacity with community members who came to show their support for the Morigeau family during their time of loss. (Alyssa Nenemay photo)
PABLO —Two Eagle River School was packed wall-to-wall with community members who came to pay respect to the school’s fallen crewmember Doug Morigeau and show support for his surviving wife and fellow crewmember Cheryl.
Auctioneer Rudy King and staff member Jami Hansen called the item throughout the night. Proceeds for the items went to assisting with Cheryl’s medical bills. (Alyssa Nenemay photo)
The couple was struck with tragedy recently when a violent intruder invaded their Dixon home, resulting in Doug’s demise. The incident left his wife wounded. Both have been longtime employees of Two Eagle River School; Doug was a football coach and transition room monitor and Cheryl is an office manager.
Two Eagle English teacher Rebeckah Dalbey helped coordinate the event as means to support her fellow Two Eagle crew members Doug and Cheryl Morigeau. (Alyssa Nenemay photo)
Within a week of the incident, Cheryl took time from her recovery to visit the school and let the students know how she was doing. “Her strength has just been so inspiring to all of us,” said Two Eagle English-instructor Rebeckah Dalbey. “We depend on her so much, if we need something we’re used of saying: ‘Where’s Cheryl?’”
Inspired by Cheryl’s giving nature, Dalbey said the Two Eagle crew took to Facebook to brainstorm how they could support her. “When reality set in, we just kept thinking: ‘what’s Cheryl going to do?’ Everyone wanted to come together and doing something to let her know that she has support.”
Two Eagle students lent a big hand in making the fundraising event possible. (Alyssa Nenemay photo)
The students and staff of Two Eagle came together to plan a fundraising auction to assist with Cheryl’s medical expenses. “This (fundraiser) became a lot bigger than we expected, there were so many people who were touched by Doug and Cheryl’s story. We had donations coming in at all hours from all over the US,” said Dalbey.
Mike Kenmille helped deliver items and found customers in the crowd. Kenmille’s drum group Chief Cliff started the event with an honor song for the couple. (Alyssa Nenemay photo)
Community support was very apparent as the auction/Indian taco feed attracted a filled-to-capacity crowd. With items ranging from artwork custom painted for the benefit to family heirlooms, the auction brought a sense of unity amidst the tragic circumstance.
Students donated many of the auction’s items including: a quilt, a fancy shawl outfit, and a pair of moccasins–beaded to replicate Converse shoes. “The students really had a hard time with everything,” said Dalbey. “When Cheryl came in they were in awe. It really blew their minds. The just wanted to help in any way they could.”
Senior Alabama Saluskin donated a pair of moccasins she had made for herself to replicate Converse shoes. She was proud to donate her one-year project. “People tried to talk me out of donating them but if they were meant for me, I would have worn them,” she said. (Alyssa Nenemay photo)
The auction was such a hit Dalbey said the school will be planning future fundraising efforts for the cause. In her true giving fashion, Cheryl made an appearance at the auction. “It’s awesome to have good friends,” she said.