Nelson - Clinton families support school's music program

Create Control returns for their sixth performance at the Celebration of Life. The band has donated their time and traveled from the Twin Cities each year since the event was started. (Photo submitted)


By Molly Moser

The sixth annual Scott Nelson and Michael Clinton Celebration of Life is scheduled for Saturday, Oct. 12, at Lakeside Ballroom in Guttenberg. The event is organized by the Nelson and Clinton families to commemorate the lives of two young men. In January of 2008, Scott Nelson passed away unexpectedly at age 42. In June of that same year, the family suffered another tragic loss – that of Scott’s nephew, 22-year-old Michael Clinton.

“This was started to celebrate who they were, and how passionate they were about the community,” said Rebecca Nelson, who resides in the Twin Cities. She and her sister, Debra Czarnecki of Beaver Dam, Wis., help organize the event from afar in honor of their brother and Deb’s son. “There is support coming from people 225 miles away,” Nelson stated. Many of the event’s performers travel across state lines to be there. This year, friends near her home in Minnesota helped Nelson create a website for the event.

All pertinent information about the Celebration of Life can be found online at A list of performers, images from past events, an evolving list of raffle items, and more are available through the new website. 

Once again, proceeds from the Celebration of Life will be donated to the Clayton Ridge music department. Nelson estimates last year’s contribution at over $5,000. Funds are raised with the sale of t-shirts, mugs, and other memorabilia, raffle ticket sales; and a bake sale with ample treats. All six of the performing ensembles have donated their time to generate an evening of live entertainment.

Continued in the pages of The Guttenberg Press

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