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Scholarship honors Sara Strey’s memory

Scholarship honors Sara Strey’s memory
Members of the Sara Michelle Strey Memorial Fund participate in an Adopt-A-Highway trash pickup near La Vernia. The fund awards scholarships to graduating seniors in memory of an East Central High School graduate who died in 2009.

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This series profiles area organizations that help meet needs in our communities.

Organization: Sara Michelle Strey Memorial Fund

What it does: The organization’s main goal is to raise money to award scholarships to high school seniors. Members also participate in the Texas Department of Transportation’s Adopt-A-Highway program, collecting trash on the highway near La Vernia in memory of Sara Strey, an East Central High School graduate and Texas Lutheran University student, who tragically died in 2009.

“She touched a lot of lives in the East Central and La Vernia areas and we want to continue her memory by helping students move on to college,” said her mother, Donna Solarczyk.

Background: The foundation that bears her name was founded in 2009 and has awarded scholarships since to high school students in La Vernia, East Central, Poth, Floresville, Seguin, New Braunfels, and Smithson Valley.

A total of $200,500 has been awarded in scholarships in Sara Strey’s name in the past four years. Scholarships range from $500 to $5,000.

Events, fund-raisers: An annual fund-raiser is held, geared to families. This year’s is set for Saturday, March 29, from 5 p.m. to midnight at Texas Pride Bar-B-Que on Loop 1604 in Adkins. Tickets are $15 for adults and $10 for children under 12, available at Solarczyk’s Automotive in St. Hedwig or Matt Brown State Farm insurance in La Vernia, or by calling Sandra, 830-779-1098, or Tammy, 210-667-2259. The event includes dinner and silent and

live auctions. Donations to the auctions are welcomed.

How you can help: Anyone can help by participating in the fund-raiser March 29, or donating to the event. The fund also welcomes monetary donations.

Volunteers also can participate in the litter pickup four times a year, or help with the fund-raiser.

Contact: For information, contact 210-422-9714 or or visit

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