Anyone that’s read this blog over the past week knows the tragedy that befell Kelly Tracy and her family last Saturday. Kelly, a 16 year old sophomore in the Highland High School Marching Band, was killed by a drunk driver on the way to join her band mates for an appearance in the Gilbert Days Parade.
If you don’t have a kid in a band, you may not realize just how much of a family our little “band geeks” become. They are all very close, and even the students at competing high schools have been impacted by the death of Kelly.
All of the Gilbert, AZ High School band programs, and even the Cactus Shadows High School Band in Cave Creek are holding car washes this weekend to raise money for the Kelly Tracy Memorial Fund to help the Tracy’s with funeral expenses.
On Saturday, November 22:
Highland High School is holding a car wash from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. in front of the school, 4301 E. Guadalupe Road, Gilbert.
Mesquite High School’s car wash will be from 8 a.m. to noon at the Sonic restaurant on the northeast corner of Val Vista and Williams Field roads in Gilbert.
Gilbert High School is holding a car wash from 9 a.m. to noon at the 24 Hour Fitness at Val Vista and Elliot roads in Gilbert.
Desert Ridge High School’s car wash will be from 9 a.m. to noon at Valero gas station on the southwest corner of Guadalupe and Ellsworth roads in Mesa.
Cactus Shadows High School will hold a car wash on both Saturday Nov 22 and Sunday Nov 23 from 10:00am – 2:00pm at the Taco Bell at Cave Creek and Tatum.
Gilbert Days Rodeo – Saturday, November 22
Highland High School Band will have a booth at the rodeo and will be accepting donations for memorial patches and stickers. Kids
wearing a Highland Band shirt get in freewith a Highland HS ID get in free. I’ve also heard that the rodeo will be donating a portion of the parking fees collected to the Kelly Tracy Memorial Fund — THANK YOU!
On Tuesday, November 25:
Serrano’s Mexican Restaurant at 959 N. Val Vista Drive in Gilbert will donate a percentage of their sales made from 4:00 ”“ 9:00pm to the Memorial Fund. I highly recommend the chicken enchiladas!
More info on the Kelly Tracy Memorial Fund:
Donations may also be made at any Washington Mutual (WaMu) bank. You can find the nearest one here (please note, some press reports have incorrectly stated that an account was set up at Chase Bank. WaMu and Chase have merged, but the ONLY account we can use for the Memorial fund is at Washington Mutual).
The account name is “Benefit of Kelly Tracy Memorial Fund”
You can also donate on-line to the Kelly Tracy Memorial Fund. Just click on the DONATE button below or at the top right of this page and you can contribute via PayPal, Visa, MasterCard, American Express or Discover. (You do not need a PayPal account).
This on-line donation is completely secure and no one (including PayPal) sees any of your personal financial information.