Life interruptus: In Memorium of Krystal Pepper

Sometimes, life throws you a curve ball.  Sometimes, you don’t get what you deserve.  This is certainly the case of my fellow wine blogger and friend, Michelle Lentz (@michellelentz), who’s 21-year old sister Krystal died suddenly from an undetected heart problem in 2007.  The recent death of actress Natasha Richardson and Krystal’s sudden death bring a new perspective to living every day fully and with intention.


Michelle’s family has established a college scholarship fund to honor Krystal’s memory.  Their goal is to raise $25,000 in the next 3 years, for the purpose of awarding an annual scholarship to an elementary education major, particularly students from Krystal’s high school.

To that end, the 2nd Annual Krystal Pepper Memorial Scholarship Benefit Dinner tickets are now on sale!  There will be a Silent Auction, Chance Drawings, Dinner, Dancing and more.  Tickets are $30 per person in advance, $35 at the door, and include dinner & drinks. Click here to Purchase tickets online.

Additionally, the wine blogging community is getting together to create a gift basket for the Silent Auction.  If you would like to contribute an item or money, please contact David Honig (@dhonig2) for details.  You can also contribute directly to the scholarship HERE.  This is a 501c non-profit organization, administered by Thomas More College so you can get your tax receipts that way.

If you are healthy, have a job, and are happy, won’t you consider contributing to this great cause?




2 Responses to “Life interruptus: In Memorium of Krystal Pepper”

  1. kevin keith Says:

    Well said. Krystal had a similar heart defect to what my wife has. We were fortunate enough to have had a doctor versed enough in the type of heart problem to detect hers early, but it’s a field that still has a long way to go. Supermodel Nikki Taylor’s sister died from the same heart defect as Krystal I believe, and NFL quarterback Chad Pennington has a milder form of the problem, but with early detection has been able to continue his football career. It certainly makes you reevaluate life and what is most important. Every minute counts, and what you do with it, matters even more.

  2. winebratsf Says:

    I’m glad to hear that your wife has a good care team! So often, we discover these things too late. Live every moment! Enjoy every sip!

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