FOR A GOOD CAUSE — Board members of the Matt Buth Foundation, pictured above, look on while Buth’s mother, Mary Buth, gives a speech during the organization’s dinner and silent auction April 20. From left, standing, are Becky Adesso, Ross Cawthon and Jeanne Boothe.

The Matt Buth Foundation, a local charity, raised more than $9,000 with a dinner event last week. Proceeds of the event will go toward scholarships for local music students and a grant for mental health.

Buth, for whom the charity is named, was a local musician who died by suicide in 2019. In 2021, local community members who knew him started the foundation to fund scholarships for students in the community.

NOT FORGOTTEN — DeLandite Matt Buth, pictured here in one of the many photographs of him that were on display at the Matt Buth Foundation’s charity dinner and silent auction April 20, was a DeLand High School graduate and local musician who died by suicide in 2019. Since 2021, his memory has lived on thanks to local efforts to fund mental health grants and scholarships for local musicians.

The organization’s latest event, a charity dinner and silent auction April 20, at Venue 142 in Downtown DeLand, included catered food, drinks from Downtown DeLand’s Wander Bar and speeches from local mental health counselor Ella Shepherd and Buth’s mother, Mary Buth. 

Local efforts like these, Mary Buth told the crowd, help keep Matt’s spirit alive.

The event brought in $9,200 worth of donations, Matt Buth Foundation President Becky Adesso told The Beacon, and all of that money will go toward the $2,500 scholarships the foundation awards and a grant for mental health.

With the success of the charity dinner, Adesso said she hopes to make it an annual event.


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