School raises $60K in late student’s name
by Patrick Kearns
Jun 27, 2017 | 764 views | 0 0 comments | 6 6 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Archbishop Molloy High School was home to an overnight walk and run to raise funds for the newly established Karina Vetrano Memorial Scholarship fund.

To date, the school has raised over $60,000. Donations are still being accepted at molloyhs.org.

“Let’s keep the donations coming in,” her father Phil Vetrano said.

The scholarship will be given annually to one young woman entering Molloy. Vetrano, a graduate of the school’s class of 2004 and member of the track team, was killed last summer while jogging in Spring Creek Park in Howard Beach.

“She was special, magical,” said her father. “She still is. What she’s accomplishing in death, people don’t even come close to accomplishing in life.”

Vetrano said he spoke with track-and-field coach Frank Gambino about organizing a charity run in her honor and the school took it from there.

“We’ll make the world a better place by having well educated females.”

The overnight charity event concluded with mass and brunch. The school also dedicated a bench in Vetrano’s honor.

Her father noted that even famed alumni Governor Andrew Cuomo and former police commissioner Ray Kelly don’t have a permanent honor at the school.

“You don’t see any dedications to them,” Vetrano said. “But Karina is special.”’

The bench and the scholarship fund are just a small part of his daughter’s legacy.

Earlier this month, New York became the 11th state to pass a familial DNA matching program in hard-to-solve murder cases that Vetrano hopes will be named for his daughter. Vetrano said he is taking the fight for family DNA matching nationwide.

“We’re on our way,” Vetrano said. “We’re going to make this world a better place in her name.”

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