Panama City, FL –
PANAMA CITY BEACH, Fla. (WMBB) – The life and memory of a local woman was celebrated Thursday night at a special art auction at “The Pour” on Front Beach Road.
“This event is just beyond anything I could have dreamed of,” said Paula Fredrick, mother of Amy Fredrick, who died about a month ago at the age of 25. “[She was] just a super bubbly duper, just gorgeous, beautiful kid. He really misses me. “
Amy Fredrick was a community member, daughter, sister and friend, lost too soon due to a drug overdose.
“A lot of young people, we are losing them,” said Fredrick. “And there must be help.”
Like many others, she said her daughter struggled mentally after Hurricane Michael and during the pandemic. Now, she hopes to raise awareness of other parents who may not be seeing the signs that something is wrong.
“Parents talk to your kids,” she says. “Open up conversations that might not be pleasant. Open them up. “
She said Thursday night’s event honoring Amy’s life at The Pour is a step in the right direction, raising funds for The Ark, a local transitional housing ministry for people struggling under the weight of life or dependency in the community.
“Currently there are around 60 people in the program,” said co-director Liz Bennett, who runs The Ark with her husband Mike. “This is a kind gift, it is very much needed and we work with about 6 different drug rehab centers that we send residents to and we are doing all we can here at The Ark to help people get through this transition.
After experiencing the pain of losing a family member to addiction, the Bennett’s started The Ark to give struggling others new hope; Residents said Thursday the experience was life changing.
“I came here, I had no family or friends,” said resident Jesse Wallace. “Injured in the street, they took me, took my cat and they were only nice.”
“I have to get my license back, I have a car,” said Nikki Lane, a resident with an addiction. “I have a great job and I’m moving tomorrow!”
Fredrick said that was all she could hope for.
“It has all been a tragedy, of course,” she said. “I think if you could find a silver lining in it, it would be that we could raise awareness and help others. This is what I have always taught girls.
In the words of Amy Fredrick, “the goal is to live life every day, with determination, love and grace”; Something his memory continues to do even now.
To contribute to The Ark, the Bennett’s have said that having a cup of coffee at The Pour is a great way to donate. Volunteers are also appreciated.
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