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Miles, smiles and high heels for Michaella

By Ed Karvoski Jr., Contributing Writer

(l to r) Jannyn Quiros, a 2010 HHS graduate and classmate of Michaella, is named the first scholarship recipient by Michaella's parents, Marty Libby and Erin Walsh-Libby.

(l to r) Jannyn Quiros, a 2010 HHS graduate and classmate of Michaella, is named the first scholarship recipient by Michaella's parents, Marty Libby and Erin Walsh-Libby.

Hudson – About 175 friends, relatives and supportive townspeople gathered Oct. 26 to remember Michaella Libby, a 2010 Hudson High School (HHS) graduate who died in January 2012 at age 20. The occasion was the second annual Miles and Smiles for Michaella, a three-mile walk beginning and ending at Morgan Bowl. While a sophomore at the University of Maryland majoring in public health, she tutored inner-city children in Washington, D.C., and volunteered for Students Helping Honduras.

Inspired by her love for fashion, a group of brave women and a couple of good-natured men donned stilettos prior to the walk for a 50-yard, high-heeled dash. A raffle with items donated by local businesses raised additional funds. Gently-used clothing was collected and will be shipped to Honduras.

Proceeds go to the Michaella Walsh Libby Scholarship Fund. The scholarship is awarded to students who share her interest in community service or will major in health.

Photos/Ed Karvoski Jr.

Daring racers compete in the high-heeled dash.

Daring racers compete in the high-heeled dash.

Accepting the award for winning the high-heeled dash is Kate Flannigan, who was Michaella's roommate at the University of Maryland.

Accepting the award for winning the high-heeled dash is Kate Flannigan, who was Michaella's roommate at the University of Maryland.

Heather Lord frosts a cookie shaped as a high heel.

Heather Lord frosts a cookie shaped as a high heel.

 

Caroline Libby, a great aunt of Michaella, fills out raffle tickets.

Caroline Libby, a great aunt of Michaella, fills out raffle tickets.

Walk participants take chances on a raffle with items donated by local businesses.

Walk participants take chances on a raffle with items donated by local businesses.

Walkers enter Wood Park.

Walkers enter Wood Park.

Among the volunteers directing walkers along the route are HHS graduates Kori Fannon and Shalyn Bowen.

Among the volunteers directing walkers along the route are HHS graduates Kori Fannon and Shalyn Bowen.

High-fiving walkers is Katie Correa, a 2010 HHS graduate and close friend of Michaella since childhood.

High-fiving walkers is Katie Correa, a 2010 HHS graduate and close friend of Michaella since childhood.

The memorial event ends with a balloon release.

The memorial event ends with a balloon release.

 

 

 

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3 Comments for “Miles, smiles and high heels for Michaella”

  1. Running in high heels looks dangerous lol. But it was for a good cause well done everyone involved

  2. Gene and Janet Knowles

    What a wonderful way to honor Michaella……

    • Thanks Gene and Janet. Sue was in our thoughts that day as she often is when I sit on Michaella’s bench and talk to them EVERY day!

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