In the years after Stuart Haverty’s unexpected death, his parents found it challenging to cope with the grief.
Now, eight years later, the two plan to honor their son with an event in Woodstock to benefit charities close to the family, said his mother, Carol Haverty.
“It was really hard for a really long time,” she said. “But this year we decided we needed to do something to honor him. We want to celebrate his life and give back to charities in the area.”
The Woodstock High School graduate died at age 23 in November 2010 after he fell from a ledge at a Bears game at Soldier Field. His death ultimately was ruled accidental.
The Haverty family owns Woodstock Farm and Lawn Center, 2020 S. Eastwood Drive. The inaugural “Stutember” event will feature door prizes, a silent auction, raffles, food trucks by Porkies and Offsides and meet-and-greets with representatives of the nonprofits that will benefit.
The Havertys also will donate 10 percent of store sales that day to the charities. “Stutember” will be from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Sept. 29 at Woodstock Farm and Lawn Center.
The event will help A Heart for Animals, Boxer Rebound Inc., Dream Riders and Veterans Release and Relief, Carol Haverty said.
“We picked those because we had a relationship with the organizations, but also because their mission spoke to us and spoke to what our son was about,” Carol Haverty said. “He was a very compassionate young man. He loved animals and was always helping people.”
Carol Haverty said she has been happy with the community support and donations the family has received for the event.
“It’s amazing,” she said. “The community has seemed to rally around the event.”