Brittany’s Wish, Inc. to Hold Denim & Gold Fundraiser Sept. 23 at Merritt Island Moose Lodge
By Steve Wilson // September 21, 2023
Brevard County non-profit supports children with cancer and their families
WATCH: I recently had the opportunity to sit down and talk with Linda Roggenkamp, the president of the local non-profit, Brittany’s Wish, Inc., which provides financial support and other acts of kindness to families in central Florida with children receiving treatment for all types of cancer.
BREVARD COUNTY, FLORIDA – I recently had the opportunity to sit down and talk with Linda Roggenkamp, the president of the local non-profit, Brittany’s Wish, Inc., which provides financial support and other acts of kindness to families in central Florida with children receiving treatment for all types of cancer.
Brittany’s Wish is named after Roggenkamp’s granddaughter, Brittany Marie Beyel, who died of cancer in 2008. Her name and memory lives on through Brittany’s Wish.
When I asked Roggenkamp why Brittany’s Wish came into existence, she said, “I can’t speak for everyone in the family, but for me, it was a way to keep fighting, not to just give up because she wasn’t here.”
Brittany’s Wish will be holding their annual Denim & Gold Fundraiser on Saturday, September 23, 2023, at the Merritt Island Moose Lodge, 3150 N. Courtenay Pkwy., Merritt Island. This Casino Night Fundraiser is from 6:30 p.m. to 10 p.m.
For additional information, see BrittanysWish.org.
ABOUT THE AUTHOR:
Steve Wilson was born in DeRidder, Louisiana and grew up in both New Orleans and Macon, Georgia. He moved to Brevard County in 1984 and retired from local government as the Community Advocate/Assistant to the City Manager with the City of Rockledge in 2018.
Among the awards and accolades Steve has received over the years are 15 + year Rockledge Little League volunteer, Brevard Public School Jefferson Award Recipient, Rockledge High School Raider Booster Award 2001, 2006, City of Rockledge Employee of the Year 2006, Rockledge Kiwanian of the Year 2006-2007, City of Rockledge Quality Public Service Award 2008, 2012, 2017, Rockledge Kiwanis Citizen of the Year 2012-2013, Space Coast Sports Hall of Fame – Sportscasting 2015, Rockledge High School Leadership and Service Award 2016, Central Florida Humanitarian Award 2017, Space Coast Inspiration Award – 2018 and Space Coast Sports Hall of Fame – Lifetime Achievement – 2020.
Wilson is especially proud of is chairing two fundraisers in support of pediatric cancer research through the St. Baldrick’s Foundation in honor of Merritt Island resident Julie Spurlock that raised over $25,000.00.
He has been a partner, along with Orville Susong, for the past 24 years with the Friday Night Locker Room, a broadcasting team that covers and reports on a wide variety of local events that are of significance to the residents of the Space Coast and beyond. Their mission is to promote youth sports, support first responders and law enforcement personnel, and showcase community and charitable events that are produced by our nonprofit partners in central Florida.
The Friday Night Locker Room has awarded hundreds of sports achievement plaques to Brevard County student-athletes over the years. They have also awarded more than $18,000 in academic scholarships to Brevard County high school seniors.