Tea’s Zombie Walk highlights generosity of the undead
The undead took to the city streets on Saturday, but all for good cause. The first ever Zombie Walk raised money for the Tea Veterans Memorial.
The Memorial will be located on the corner of South Main St. and Third Ave. Fundraising efforts have been ongoing and the latest event added $2032 to the Veterans Memorial Fund.
The event had 105 walkers. The money raised was a combination of the walk entry fee, shirt sales, general donations, a check from Dance 2 Dance Studio and the Sky Lounge
Zombie Walk has been a part of Halloween in Sioux Falls for many years but the pandemic has canceled the event for two years now.
When one local mom heard about the Zombie Walk cancellation, she and her daughter were devastated. Lindsey Brockberg, of Tea, and her daughter loved to participate in the Zombie Walk prior to its cancellation the past two years.
With her daughter leaving for the Air Force soon Lindsey said they didn’t want to miss their last chance to enjoy a Zombie Walk together.
Instead of sitting by and just accepting defeat, the pair took to Facebook and asked others to join them for a Zombie Walk in Tea. What started out as just a mother and daughter wanting to dress up and have fun, turned into an entire community event to raise funds for a good cause. The walk was more than just fun for those who participated. Those who participated in the walk paid an entrance fee. From those fees all the proceeds went to the Tea Veterans Memorial Fund. The members of the Tea Veterans Memorial board were on hand to help with the event. The funds from the walk will help the group get that much closer to their goal of a memorial. The major fundraising campaign is currently underway. Their target is to raise $150,000 to complete the memorial. The goal is to dedicate the memorial in 2022.
Along with the walk on Saturday evening, there was a group of Zombies who performed during the walk. The group learned a dance to the famous song, “Thriller”. The group was able to learn the dance in half the time in order to perform for the walk. It was a crowd favorite.
After the walk, community members had the chance to participate in a cruise night. The night wasn’t finished with the cruise night either. The Sky Lounge ended the night with live music by Jokers 2 the Right.
The event was pulled together in less than four weeks by the Brockberg family. Lindsey, and her daughter simply wanted to share one more Zombie Walk together, little did they know that they would bring a community together for a night of dressing up, raising money and fun.
Donations are welcome for the Memorial anytime. Make check payable to Tea Area Veterans Memorials. Send check to: Tea Veterans Memorial, PO Box 1, Tea, SD 57064