LAFAYETTE, Ind. (WLFI) — Friday night is the 3rd Annual Grant's House "I'm Happy and I'm Alive" celebration at the Tippecanoe County Fairgrounds. The House family has some big news to share with the community.
"As a mom you want always nothing but good for your children," said Tamara House. In 2015, her son, 25-year-old Grant House died, leaving his family devastated. Tamara House said he also left behind an idea that continues to grow each day.
"In 2009 he wrote a story that said, I want a place for kids to be able to come and have fun that had special needs," Tamara House said.
Since then, the House family has been working with the Wabash Center to make this a reality. The center provides services to children and young adults with special needs, services Grant House once benefited from.
The mission is to create Grant's House a center for kids and young adults with special needs, "To come after school and to learn and grow and make friendships," said Tamara House.
This was important to her son. He mentioned it in a video he did with the Wabash Center before he died.
In the video, Grant House said, "My top top top like up here top priority is to make friendships."
The House family is sharing good news at the 3rd Grant's House I'm happy and I'm Alive Celebration Friday night. It's open for the community to attend.
Tamara House said, "Grant's house is going to give 3,500 kids with special needs in Tippecanoe County a chance to reach out and want to be a part of Grant's house."
The rest of the announcement will be revealed Friday night during the celebration. There will be an all you can eat fish and chicken fry, a live and silent auction, and time to reflect and remember who Grant House was.
"He just continues to offer his love and his gift of legacy for people wanting to hear his story and his lifestyle," said Tamara House. "That makes me very proud."
Grant House also mentioned in the video, "What's worth it is what you have done that puts a huge smile on a lot of people's face. It impact them a lot."
The Grant's House 2018 celebration is from 6:00 p.m. until 10:30 p.m. and tickets are $25 for adults and $10 for children.