Sue Eckl is a mother of three beautiful girls; wife of 16 years; friends with many Carmel moms; and most notably, founder of the Woodbrook Elementary Holiday Bazaar.“I know several people with at-home businesses, such as Silpada, Arbonne and Pampered Chef, who don’t have time to ‘host’ parties and network,” said Eckl. “So I thought it would be a great idea to get everyone together to sell their products.” The Bazaar was launched last year and was a huge success, raising over $2000.
More importantly, she wanted the bazaar to benefit a charity. “I knew right away I wanted to help the organization honoring one of our own, Tyler Frenzel,” she said. Tyler was a Woodbrook student who lost his battle to Leukemia six years ago. He was nine.
“I was thrilled when Sue approached me about giving money toward Tyler’s efforts,” said Pam Frenzel, Tyler’s mom. “We don’t want to forget Tyler and the great life he had.”
In 2006, Tyler’s parents founded Sunflowers in December, an organization to honor Tyler’s time with us. “All the money raised will go to Sunflowers in December,” said Eckl. “We will be selling vendor space, as well as raffle tickets and refreshments to raise money.”
This year Sunflowers in December will donate the money to Gary Brackett’s IMPACT Foundation, whose mission is to provide opportunities and resources to children affected by cancer. Sunflowers in December also hosts an annual charity event on December 11, which will also generate money for this foundation. “Each year we donate to a different charity that helped Tyler in some way,” said Frenzel.
The 2nd Annual Woodbrook Bazaar will be held Thursday, November 12th from 4-8 p.m., at Woodbrook Elementary School located at 4311 E. 116th Street in Carmel. Some of this year’s vendors will include Scentsy, Tupperware, Kara Vita and several local boutiques, as well as jewelry and food vendors. Contact Sue Eckl at firstname.lastname@example.org for more information or for vendor space inquiries.
For more information about Tyler’s story or Sunflowers in December go to www.enisfurley.com/tyler.htm. In addition, for information about Gary Brackett’s IMPACT Foundation, you can visit www.garybrackett.org.