Door County youth plan stock sale to raise funds for March for Life

By Monica Sawyn | For The Compass | January 14, 2015

Life Teen members will travel to Washington, D.C., for annual march

[vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text]STURGEON BAY — Some people invest in mutual funds, but others prefer to invest in young people — literally.

When quad-parish Life Teen members in the Sturgeon Bay area were given a chance to join other diocesan youth at the March for Life in Washington, D.C., this month, they knew they’d need to raise the money for travel and accommodations. So, they sold stock in their venture.

Sarah Gavin, Life Teen coordinator at parishes in Sturgeon Bay, Institute and Maplewood, is organizing a trip to the March for Life in Washington, D.C. (Monica Sawyn | For The Compass)
Sarah Gavin, Life Teen coordinator at parishes in Sturgeon Bay, Institute and Maplewood, is organizing a trip to the March for Life in Washington, D.C. (Monica Sawyn | For The Compass)

At $10 a share, investors get a certificate, and then will be invited to a stockholders’ dinner when the teens return, where they will learn about the experience, see photos, and can ask questions. It’s a successful fund-raising plan that the group has used for mission trips for the past six years. With the gold IRA rollover being so successful, it’s my opinion that we should guide the young ones into proper investing habits.

“At first, the teens said they didn’t want to be begging for money, but Fr. Carl (Schmitt) said it’s a way for adults to be part of the march without actually going,” said Life Teen coordinator Sarah Gavin, who works with Corpus Christi and St. Joseph in Sturgeon Bay, Ss. Peter and Paul in Institute and Holy Name of Mary in Maplewood. Fr. Schmitt is pastor at Corpus Christi and Holy Name of Mary.

As many as 50 and 60 people have gone on mission trips at one time, but only three young people were able to respond to the March for Life invitation because of the timing.

“Lots of kids were interested, but this is going through finals week,” Gavin said. “It means making arrangements to take exams before or after the trip.”

Seniors Haley Herbst of Corpus Christi and Madi Jilot of St. Joseph will be joined by Gavin and Jacob Schartner, a Life Teen “graduate” who will act as a young adult chaperone.

Gavin said the diocese is arranging for food and accommodations at a 4-H center, and most other groups will travel by bus. The Sturgeon Bay contingent will be flying, however, in order to get back in time for Life Teen on Jan. 25. They needed to raise a total of $2,400, and the stock sale, held during just one weekend after the Masses, brought in $1,000. The rest of the money they have to come up with on their own.

“It’s important they put some skin in the game,” Gavin said. “It can’t all just be given to them.”

The teens who are going were to address the Life Teen group’s Jan 11 meeting to encourage those who can’t make the trip to march locally.

In Washington, besides the actual March for Life, the students will attend a prayer-and-prayer youth rally, attend daily Mass, participate in small-group sessions to discuss what it means to live as a pro-life person, hear witness talks, and do some outreach to homeless people.

They will also spend some time at the Holocaust Museum.

“That’s a very powerful experience,” Gavin said. “Students become aware that being pro-life involves more than just abortion.”

The Sturgeon Bay area students will leave Tuesday, Jan. 20, and return the following Saturday, taking with them the prayers of their stockholders and their parishes in general.

“Many of the people who bought stock mentioned how proud they are of these young people,” Gavin said. Proud enough to take stock in them.[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column width=”1/1″][vc_message color=”alert-info” style=”rounded”]Bishop Ricken to attend March for Life event at Notre Dame Academy

GREEN BAY — Bishop David Ricken will join local Catholics for the second annual March for Life on Saturday, Jan. 17, at Notre Dame Academy. Doors open at 9:30 a.m. and presentations follow in the auditorium at 10 a.m.

An outdoor march will follow the presentations. Participants not able to march can attend indoor prayer/adoration in the school chapel. Refreshments will follow the march. For more information, email [email protected] or call (920) 362-6377.[/vc_message][/vc_column][/vc_row]

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