A special event is set for Saturday to raise money for a scholarship to be given in honor of a 2002 Lincoln High School graduate who passed away last year in a car accident.
The Butterfly Foundation, in memory of Christina Whelan, who died while driving to her teaching job at a North Carolina elementary school, will be holding the first ever Butterfly Bash at the Sons of Italy in Ellwood City on Saturday, July 28, from 8 p.m. to midnight.
The Butterfly Bash will feature entertainment by Rudy Zetz and Janet Falotico, specifically karaoke and dancing, and a Chinese auction of over 40 baskets and prizes. A $5 donation and a school supply will be requested at the door.
Developed by her family and friends, the Butterfly Foundation will raise money and award an educational scholarship to a Lincoln High School student. Other funds will be used to buy and donate supplies to the Gaston County School District in North Carolina where Christina taught for six years.
The Butterfly Foundation also has planned a special golf outing on Aug. 12 at Del-Mar Golf Course. The Christina M. Whelan Memorial Golf Outing will begin at 10 a.m. and feature a 4-man team scramble format and dinner to conclude the event.
Christina was a 2002 graduate of Lincoln High School, and during her time at LHS, she was a member of the drama club and the Ellwood City Girls Softball League.
In 2006, she earned her degree in elementary education and taught first and third grade at Brookside Elementary School for six years, and taught second grade at Carr Elementary School for just a few days before her death.
On Aug. 30, 2011, a tragic car accident on North Carolina’s I-85 claimed the life of Christina – she was on the way to school when the accident occurred.
According to those associated with the Butterfly Foundation, the scholarship is designed for a Lincoln High School student so that someone from Christina’s hometown can pursue the same dreams.
“She enjoyed enriching her students lives and spending time with her family,” according to the foundation. “She is remembered for her caring heart, personality, and most of all her sense of humor.”