Kristen McKellar Memorial Fundraising Event [VIDEO]
I received the following while I was out on vacation and it touched my heart. So many of our children and young adults are unable to participate in extra curricular activities due to costs (uniforms, costumes, etc...) not covered by the schools.
While I know our schools couldn't possibly provide uniforms, etc. for each program they offer and that it's a blessing we have the amount of programs offered period, it's people like Angi who make participation possible through memorials like the one she and her friends set up in Kristen McKellar's remembrance at Airline High School.
Truly, extra curricular activities build stronger, better future leaders. Please help!
Hi Ms. Bristol!My name is Angi Reger, and I am apart of a group of women that have started a memorial scholarship fund. We started this fund in honor of our friend Kristen McKellar who passed away her first year at college. The money we raise goes towards scholarships that help high school girls with danceline expenses. Kristen loved dance, and we thought this was a great way to honor her memory. Last year we were able to award two $500 scholarships to two members of the Airline High School Blue Angels as well as support the AHS PTO's scholarship in honor of Kristen.I am writing in hopes that you can help us spread the word on our fundraising event. This is our only event, and we are hoping to raise even more money this year to provide more scholarships. Our event will be held on Thursday, December 6th at Simply Chic Boutique (on Douglas Drive in Bossier City) from 6-8 p.m. 20% of all purchases will go to the Kristen McKellar Memoral Fund.I am so appreciative of any help you can offer. Feel free to contact me if you have any questions.Thank you so much for your time!
Kristen McKellar was an angel on earth in several ways. The student at Airline High School was not only a member of the Blue Angels Danceline for three years, but her friends say she was a person who excelled in all aspects of her life.
Faith, family and friends were her priorities. Kristen was also on the honor roll, a member of various service organizations and a person who made everyone feel welcome with her kind ways and giving heart.
"She drove members to and from practice, hosted stretch groups once a week and always made herself available to practice routines," remembered friend Angi Reger. "Everyone loved her positive attitude and her light-hearted ways of making them laugh."
Kristen graduated in 2001 and went on to Louisiana Tech. It was her first year there when the dancing angel earned her real wings after being hit and killed by a drunk driver.
In honor of her memory, Kristen's friends started a scholarship fund to help relieve the financial stress many parents face when their daughters try out for the Blue Angels Danceline. Caroline Reed and Annalese Allison were the first two Blue Angels to be awarded $500 scholarships in May 2012. The group hopes these are the first two of many monetary awards to come.
To keep the scholarship fund going, a special shopping event is being held from 6 to 8 p.m. Thursday, December 6, at Simply Chic Boutique, located at 2850 Douglas Drive in Bossier. Twenty-percent of all purchases will go to the Kristen McKellar Memorial Fund. The 2012-13 Blue Angels Danceline will also perform in the parking lot in memory of their fallen angel.
Kristen loved to dance. Her friends find comfort knowing they are able to her memory alive -- and the dreams of other young ladies who love to dance -- as Kristen dances above.