August 4, 2016
By David Nordby
The Brillion News
REEDSVILLE – The accident that tragically took Cooper Beaupre’s life in April 2011 hasn’t stopped the impact on other people’s lives that the gregarious young child continues to have.
The sixth annual Shoot for Coop event is set for August 14 in Reedsville at the Reedsville Sportsman Club from 7:30 a.m. until 7 p.m. It’s just one day out of an ongoing effort by Sara and Dan Beaupre to keep the memory of their son alive while helping others.
The day features a 30-target 3D outdoor archery shoot, youth and adult Lewis classes, a fly over by Don Kiel, verbal and silent auctions, activities for kids and food and refreshments provided by Smiling Moose Bar and Grill.
Russell Krebs, with his “Fallen Angel” Military Tribute Truck, will be in attendance as well. The monster truck, that you need a stepladder to get into, honors victims from the Wisconsin Fallen Military from the Persian Gulf. Among the honorees is Shaun Novak of Two Rivers, who passed away in 2006. Kids will be able to ride in the monster truck at Shoot for Coop.
Shoot for Coop has raised over $120,000 since its inception in 2011 and money has been donated to the Children’s Hospital of Wisconsin, families with children in urgent need of healthcare, local schools, postage for Christmas gifts to be sent to troops who are deployed overseas, Christmas presents to underprivileged families and total donations to over 250 local charities.
“We spread the wealth around,” Dan said.
The first event happened in August 2011, just months after the accident. Dan and Sara didn’t have as much involvement with the event as they do now, but were overwhelmed by the support from the Reedsville community, including the $11,000 that was donated on the event’s short notice.
“The community in Reedsville is something very, very special,” Sara said. “After this tragedy, so many people just reached out to us to lend their hearts in their hand to completely help us in the best way that they could. Without them we wouldn’t be who we are, because they’re just so good.”
If they ever worried that the spirit of their son would be lost in time, Reedsville has ensured it won’t be.
Please see the complete story in the August 4, 2016 edition of The Brillion News.