PROVO, Utah (ABC 4 Utah) – A new foundation benefiting widows of fallen officers is hosting a big event, and everyone is invited.
From free food to live music, there is a lot to enjoy at Platinum Sports and Memorabilia inside Provo Towne Centre Mall, March 11th and 12th. The best part is that it all benefits the Blue Haven Foundation.
“We actually send mentor widows of fallen officers out every single time a fallen officer is killed. We meet with the widow and their children. We take them a grief basket, give them hope, let them know that there is somebody that has been through the exact same thing that they’re going through and kind of hold their hand through stuff,” said Nannette Wride, Fallen Officer Sgt. Cory Wride’s widow.
For more than two years now, Nannette has faced the difficulties and loneliness of life as a widow. After struggling thorough the sudden loss of her husband, she says the only thing that helped her is someone who understands.
“Five weeks out, Shante Johnson showed up at my house. She breathed life into my lungs and let me know I could do this. Her husband was killed four months before mine, so I said, ‘If she can do it for four months, I can do it,'” Wride said.
That is why Wride helped organize the Blue Haven Foundation. Launched just last month, Wride is committed to paying it forward and supporting other widows and widowers across the country.
Members of the public can help by supporting the cause.
“We’re going to have live music both tonight and tomorrow night, Rocco’s Deli is going to be here [catering free sandwiches],” Wride said.
The fundraising is happening through a silent auction. Former BYU football and former NFL players are expected to make an appearance Friday night as well.