Remembering Mandy: Volleyball To Benefit Mother’s Family, Another New Mom
By Mike Perleberg
A benefit for the family of the late Mandy Deters McCarty happens Saturday, August 16 at Perfect North Slopes. Photo provided.
(Dearborn County, Ind.) – Mandy Deters McCarty died suddenly and unexpectedly in what was a great time of joy in her life.
The 28-year-old Guilford resident and her husband Michael and daughter Nora had welcomed their second daughter and sibling Aubrey just a couple weeks before her June 24, 2012 passing.
“Every day is tough,” says Kelly Forbeck, one of Mandy’s four siblings. “Michael misses her. The girls miss her. There aren’t words to describe it.”
But as the family is learning, good things can come out of bad situations. The McCarty and the Deters clans have come closer in Mandy’s absence.
“He’s the best dad. He’s like a brother to our family. He makes sure we see the kids all the time,” Forbeck says of Michael.
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Mandy was a member of the Eagle 99.3 family, too. The East Central High School graduate was employed in the radio station’s business office. She was on maternity leave at the time of her death.
Friends and family alike will be there for the 3rd Annual Mandy Deters McCarty Memorial Benefit & Sand Volleyball Tournament happening Saturday, August 16 at Perfect North Slopes in Lawrenceburg. The tournament has grown so much in its first three years that the past venue, Willie’s Sports Café in Hidden Valley, could no longer contain it.
With the help of local companies Watson Gravel and Laudick Trucking, two new volleyball courts have been constructed at the ski area for the large co-ed tournament.
“This is what Mandy loved to do: being in a sport and with the people she cared about,” Forbeck explains.
Funds raised will go to a college and trust fund for Mandy and Michael’s daughters, in addition to covering expenses for the event.
“We’re helping them because Mandy can’t,” Forbeck says. “Years from now we’ll be able to give the kids this money and tell them ‘This is from your mom.’”
This year, at least half of the proceeds will go towards another mother in the fight of her life, says organizer Rachel Reynolds. Jessica Mueller is a 30-year-old new mother from Hidden Valley and former classmate of Mandy’s who was diagnosed with melanoma shortly after giving birth to her own child last year. According to a GoFundMe.com site, Jessica and husband Chris are burdened with substantial out-of-pocket costs for her treatment.
The hope, Reynolds says, is to find a new charity to share in the memorial benefit proceeds each year.
There is still a need for a handful of volleyball teams to complete the 30-team bracket. Each team may have an infinite roster of males and females, but only six players may be on the court at one time. The entry fee is $25 per person and includes an event t-shirt. More information on registering is available online at www.mdmmemorial.com.
Forbeck says the benefit will include a children’s project, a craft booth by the Dearborn County Recycling Center, face painting, photo booth by Photos by Sarah, food, drinks, and silent auction. There will be a booth for registration to the Jack’s Forever 3 Foundation 5K in Bright on September 6.
Donations for the silent auction are still being accepted. Contact the event organizers by email, mdmmemorialplanning -at- gmail.com.