Petoskey's Yoga Roots and Healing Arts will be the site of a fundraising event Saturday, Nov. 19, in memory of Jamie Lynn Jamison.
All proceeds from the event will benefit Jamison's daughter, Lola Walker, and Devon Wheeler, a boy for whom Jamison and Lola's father, Johnnie Walker, were guardians.
The event comes after Jamison, 34, apparently drowned last month. Since her death people who knew her have banded together in an effort to help the children, including by creating a memorial account at Fifth Third Bank to benefit them.
The children have created wish lists of things they would like to do and places they would like to go, and the goal of Saturday's event is to help them accomplish as many of those things as possible, said Tiffany Lenau, Yoga Roots Healing Arts' founder and instructor.
Lenau said some of the children's wishes include going camping, taking a trip to Mackinac Island and learning to cook. Also, Lola, 9, would like to travel to Forks, Wash., which was made famous by the popular book and movie series Twilight. Devon, 12, would like to take hip hop and break dancing classes.
One of their wishes has already been granted by an area chef who was an acquaintance of Jamison and who has offered to teach a few cooking classes for the children along with his own children, who are of similar ages, at his home, Lenau said.
The Petoskey yoga studio, located at 444 E. Mitchell St., is a fitting location for this weekend's event because it is where Jamison worked as a massage therapist and where the children have taken yoga classes, Lenau said.
The event, to run from 3-11 p.m., is to include a potluck, silent auction and live performances by area musicians and bands, according to an event flier provided to the Petoskey News-Review by Lenau. Donations will be accepted at the event.
Lenau said Jamison was "very artsy and very creative" and some of the items in the upcoming silent auction will reflect that part of her.
While officials are still awaiting a final, written autopsy report, initial information from Jamison's autopsy showed drowning was the cause of her death, with hypothermia being a contributing factor, Petoskey Department of Public Safety director John Calabrese previously said. And there is no indication of foul play.
Jamison's body was found submerged in a creek on Arlington Avenue, west of Winter Park Lane, Friday, Oct. 28, after she was reported missing to the Petoskey Department of Public Safety, according to a public safety department news release. She was last seen leaving Mitchell Street Pub late Thursday, Oct. 27, or early Friday, Oct. 28, and was apparently on her way home, Calabrese said.
For those who would like to help but who cannot attend the event, donations can still be made to Jamison's memorial account.
Donations to the memorial account can be made in person at any Fifth Third Bank branch or mailed to Fifth Third Bank, 300 E. Mitchell St., in Petoskey, attention: Justin Cherwinski.
Checks should be made out to "For the benefit of Devon Wheeler and Lola Walker," Cherwinski said.
Lenau urged community members to help make sure the children's needs are met and that there is a "focus on their growth" as they move forward.
"I know that it would be something she would do for me," Lenau said.
Additionally, those who attend yoga classes at Yoga Roots and Healing Arts through the end of this year may make a donation to Lola and Devon in place of making the regular payment to attend a class, Lenau said.
If you go
What: Fundraiser event in memory of Jamie Jamison, to include live music, a pot luck and silent auction
Where: Yoga Roots and Healing Arts, 444 E. Mitchell St., Petoskey
When: 3-11 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 19
Other information: Donations will be accepted at the event and people are encouraged to bring a dish to pass. All proceeds will benefit Jamison's daughter and a boy for whom Jamison was a guardian.