|Jasmyn "Jazzy" Smith|
The second annual Jazzy's Day, a celebration of the life of Jasmyn Smith, was held in Columbia's Makle Park on Saturday, August 23, with several hundred people attending. Jasmyn, affectionately known as "Jazzy," passed away in 2012 at age 11. The event was sponsored by Aevidum, a national organization that helps support children and young adults through troubled times. The organization's philosophy is "I've got your back." Aevidum's website is HERE.
During the course of the afternoon, about 350 backpacks – out of the 500 available - were given away to local students. Remaining backpacks will be held until next year's giveaway. Backpacks were collected and then donated to the event by the American Legion and other local organizations. The event also featured music, face painting, a raffle, games, and refreshments. A balloon release in remembrance of Jazzy topped off the day's activities.
Recently, Park School and Taylor School each received a “Jasmyn's Buddy Bench,” a place of refuge for students who need help on the playground. More information can be found HERE.
Balloons in Jazzy's favorite colors were in abundance.
Aevidum's motto is "I've got your back."
About 350 backpacks were given away . . .
Jazzy's family (standing): Jazzy's parents, Stephan and Lindy Smith;
(seated L to R): Larry Phiel (grandfather), Jean Phiel (grandmother), Jailyn Smith (sister), Bonnie Smith (grandmother).
Jazzy's little sister, Jada
Aevidum members, front and back . . .
Jazzy's dad, Stephan Smith, helped distribute balloons to attendees of the event . . .
Others enjoyed the many activities . . .
The crowd gathered on the basketball court for the balloon release . . .
Up, up, and away!