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Q: Are you going to talk about Sunflowers…I’m shocked!?
A: A “different” kind of Sunflower. The Sunshine Scholarship! This week we arehighlighting some remarkable people that we, at Dos Gringos, have thepleasure to know and the wonderful way they have turned tragedy into triumphfor some amazing young people. (Sunflowers do play a part, though).
Q: Tell me more? A: For those of you outside of San Diego, Chelsea King, a 17-year-old highschool student who had just sent her college applications to 13 of her “favorite”colleges, went out for a run at a local park. When she did not return home atthe appointed time, her father went to look for her. Sadly, she was murdered bya convicted sex-offender. Her parents, Brent and Kelly King turned theirincredible grief into the Sunshine Scholarship fund.
Q: How does the Scholarship fund work?
A: Money is raised through “Finish Chelsea’s Run” an annual run throughbeautiful Balboa Park, a baseball tournament and, this year with a golf tournament.All the money raised is pooled and given to 12 very special high school graduates.
Q: That is amazing? How is DG involved?
A: Chelsea’s favorite flower was The Sunflower. When we found out we askedhow we could help. So every year we donate a few thousand sunflowers thatare sold by the stem on race day with 100% of the money raised going to the scholarship.
Q: Very nice. I’m sure you have pictures?
A: Of course. The pictures are of this year’s recipients – headed across the U.S.to universities of their choice. To date, the Sunflower Scholarship has been awardedto 84 young people who are and will make our world a much better place.BTW…Chelsea never knew but she was accepted to everyone of those 13 colleges.
Kelly and Brent King with one of last’ years recipient’swho is reading a poem written by Chelsea.
Parents, guardians, teachers and friendsof the recipients gather to celebrate.
Kelly King greets one of this year’s recipients.
Table-scapes with the recipients highlighted.
The group of 12 Sunflower Scholarship recipients for 2018