GREENLEAF, Wis. (WBAY) - A Greenleaf golf course has helped raise more than $11,000 for the family of a teen swept away during a family vacation in Alabama.
Wander Springs Golf Course held a fish fry fundraiser Friday to benefit the family of Jevon Lemke, 17.
Lemke, a Reedsville High School student, has been missing for more than a week. On March 25, the family was swimming at Fort Morgan beach on Alabama's Gulf Coast when currents overtook them. Jevon jumped in to help his dad and stepmom and was pulled under by a rip current.
Wander Springs Golf Course will continue to collect donations for the Lemke family through April 6.
"We were overwhelmed with all the local businesses support and services that they donated," reads a Facebook post from Wander Springs Golf Course.
Action 2 News was there for the fish fry fundraiser. We spoke with Jevon's biological mom, Carrie Holton. She said her son is her guardian angel.
"My heart hurts, I ache but there's still that fullness that I have to me. So I believe that there is still hope. I don't know if it's hope that we'll just find him so I can bring him home or hope that he may even be alive," Carrie Holton said.
Holton traveled to Alabama over the weekend to help with the search for Jevon.
Jevon's good friend Peyton Helberg is also there. WALA TV in Alabama spoke with Peyton about his decision to volunteer in the effort.
“I felt like this is the best place for me to be, I needed to help and this is where I thought I could help, so I had to be here because I knew he would do the same for me," Helberg said.
Jevon's father, Chris, will hold a memorial service in Fort Morgan, according to WALA.