Students organized the 15th annual Taylor Richmond Benefit Dance in support of a local teenager, Conner Turnbell of Buffalo City, Wis. Conner suffers from autoimmune hepatitis, a disease that causes the immune system to attack the liver. Funds from the benefit dance will be used to offset his family’s medical and travel expenses. Conner is the son of Michelle Turnbell, who works for Chartwell’s Food Service on our Winona Campus.
The benefit has become an annual student tradition since its start in 2001 in honor of Taylor Richmond, son of Saint Mary’s staff member Nikki Richmond. Each year this event benefits someone in need who has ties to the Saint Mary’s community. Although Taylor passed away in 2013, his legacy lives on at Saint Mary’s.