Carrie Holiman's daughter Sequoia Stephens says, "We love and we miss her, but she's still here!" Family, friends, and community members gathered at the Patrick Ranch Saturday.. to honor and remember the life of Carrie Holiman.. Sequoia says, "She would be so proud that so many people gathered together to honor her, to remember her.." A close friend of Carrie, Virginia Bacigalupi says, "She was so inviting and wanted everyone to feel welcome."
Holiman died last July.. When she was struck by an intoxicated driver while jogging on Oro-Chico Highway.. She was an avid runner and a teacher at Olive View School in Corning for 29 years.. So her family thought it only fitting to combine her two passions in life.. running and her effort to help students succeed.. "Education was really important to her and we wanted to fund the scholarship and it just all seemed to come together," Sequoia says.
Participants in 'Grandma Carrie's Run' were sponsored for each lap they completed. The event also included raffle prizes donated by the community.. Everything from an iPod to a pair of running shoes. All proceeds will go directly to the Carrie Holiman Memorial Fund.. Which will benefit one college-bound Corning High School student with a thousand dollar scholarship. But organizers hope this is only the beginning.. Sequoia says, "We hope to be able to expand the scholarship to be able to offer maybe two next year.."
More than three hundred people attended the event.. All to help honor and celebrate a woman they say is always with them in spirit.. Virginia says, "She's thinking it's fabulous and she's loving the music too."
If you would like to donate to the 'Carrie Holiman Memorial Scholarship Fund'.. you can log onto www.gcsrun.org.