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On April 10, 2022, Helpers Mentoring Society will be sponsoring a memorial feast and giveaway to honor the life of Waylon Red Elk in the town of Wanblee, South Dakota.
Waylon Red Elk was a close friend and brother to Helpers Mentoring Society founder Salvatore Gencarelle. Waylon was a dedicated Helper who supported the ceremonies of the Woptura Lineage for decades. He was born and raised in Wanblee, South Dakota attending Crazy Horse School. He began helping with ceremonies at the age of 17. Waylon was a brother and uncle to many and is missed greatly by all who knew him. Waylon, his pregnant wife, and young son were killed by a drunk driver in November 2017.
Helper Mentoring Society will be supporting the memorial dinner and supplying gratitude gifts (Wopila) to be distributed to the Native American community of Wanblee. This is a traditional event which is both an opportunity to celebrate life and remember our deceased loved ones.
For those in the HMS community who feel called to support this event and give back the Indigenous people and community from which many of these teachings come from, please use the donation button below. All contributions will be applied towards feeding the community and the gifts for the giveaway which are distributed to the native community.