Family honors lost cousin with Nahant Country Club fundraiser

NAHANT – The friends and family of a young girl, who was a frequent summer visitor to Nahant, are having a fundraiser in her memory to benefit other children at the Nahant Country Club on Feb. 9.Nahant resident Yasmene Dawson said her cousin Faith Suzanne Tilk, died inexplicably at the age of 8.”It was a year ago November when tragedy struck our family,” she said. “Faith woke up in the middle of the night complaining of a tummy ache. Realizing it was more than just that, her mom took her to the hospital and, within 72 hours, Faith passed away without any explanation.”Dawson said Faith lived in Ontario, Canada but she was a frequent visitor to Nahant.”Every summer for the past few years Faith came to Nahant with her parents and two older brothers,” she said. “They loved swimming on Short Beach and fishing near the wharf. We loved having them here. This past summer was difficult as it was the first visit our family made missing Faith. I vowed that my son would always know who Faith was and what was important to her.”Dawson said Faith’s parents started a foundation in her cousin’s name to raise money for programs to benefit children and the first Faith’s Gift event was held in Ontario and raised $64,000 for the Faith Foundation.”Losing a family member, especially a child is- well, there are really no words that can capture the sadness and sense of loss the family and community suffer from,” she said. “Faith was a fireball, she wore lip gloss and played soccer among the many other fabulous things that beautiful little girls do. It is essential for our family to find ways to pay tribute to Faith’s too short life. We are determined to keep Faith’s spirit alive through helping other children.”Dawson said the event, which is being called “Faith’s Gift,” would get underway at 7 p.m. on Feb. 9 at the Nahant Country Club.The event will include music, dancing, raffles, appetizers and a silent auction. Tickets are $25 per person and available at the Nahant Country Club.”Faith’s Gift is a pink tie reception honoring life and love,” Dawson said. ” We are keeping in the spirit of Valentine’s Day so bring your loved ones and wear pink.”Dawson said 25 percent of the proceeds from the event would go to Girls Inc. in Lynn and the remainder would go to the foundation in Ontario.

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