PALESTINE — As a way to keep the memory of a local teen who died in 2009 alive while helping further the education high school graduates, the annual Sadie Warren Memorial Scholarship Fund-raiser will be held today and Saturday in Elkhart.
The fund-raiser will include a yard sale, bake sale and authentic Mexican food plates. The fund-raiser will be held today and Saturday at Just Deb's resale shop, located at 214 U.S. 287/Texas 19 South in Elkhart across from Kim's gas station.
All proceeds will go toward the Sadie Warren Memorial Scholarship Fund for students graduating from Elkhart High School this year. At least two scholarships are given annually.
“People have been popping in all day dropping off donations,” Just Deb's owner Deborah Wimberg told the Herald-Press Thursday.
Donations of garage sale items and baked goods will be accepted for the event.
The fund-raiser will start at 8 a.m. each day with the food being sold from 11 a.m. until sold out. Today, chicken enchiladas with beans and rice plates will be sold for $6, as well as homemade tamales and hot dogs for the kids. On Saturday, homemade tamales and posole (a Mexican broth rich soup made with pork, red chilies and lots of add-ins) will be sold, as well as hot dogs. Soft drinks also will be available to purchase.
The Sadie Warren Memorial Scholarship is given away annually in memory of 16-year-old Sadie Warren of Elkhart, who was one of three teenagers killed in a one-vehicle wreck on Sept. 11, 2009. The other teens killed were Kelsi Seal, 15, and Evan Joseph Luna, 15.
“We do the scholarships every year,” Sadie's father James Warren told the Herald-Press. “It makes me feel good. If she were alive, Sadie would be 19 right now, turning 20 in July. I think she would be tickled to death that we do this.”