• Ferro family starts foundation
    Staff Report | October 02,2012
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    The family of 17-year-old Carly Ferro, the Rutland High School student killed last week in what police say was a criminal crash, has established a foundation to honor the teenager and her love of golf.
    Named “The Purple Angel Foundation” after Ferro’s favorite color, the family issued a statement Tuesday thanking the community for its support and vowing to make positive change the legacy of the popular student’s life.
    “What is most important to us is that this has grown bigger than our family because people truly want good to win over evil. Carly so epitomized goodness, kindness, and love that people feel compelled to want to do something so that good can be stronger here — and not to have anger, and hatred and drug abuse win over the goodness and the kindness that we all have in us. That’s what her gift was, is that she always saw the good, the laughter, the joy, in every situation. So what we most want is the tipping point to be toward love, positive healing, and good deeds. To help the community to rise away from any negativity and that’s what’s most important to us.”
    “The family has been overwhelmed by the love, generosity and kindness from the community. We want to thank everyone,” the family added in a separate statement.
    Part of the money from the fund will go toward a college scholarship for a teenage girl. The rest will be dispensed at the family’s discretion.
    Donations can be made at any branch of the Merchants Bank including at the bank’s two locations on Route 7 in Rutland Town and Woodstock Avenue in Rutland.
    In response to concerns about potentially fraudulent charities established on the social media site Facebook and other locations on the Internet, city police are advising anyone interested in donating to causes in Ferro’s name to research the charity and use caution.
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