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Scholarship honors Rockford student

Published 9:32pm Wednesday, January 5, 2011

Ashli Butler was supposed to graduate from Central High School in Coosa County in May.

The 17-year-old was a junior she was killed in a car accident in Rockford.

Seven month after her death, Ashli’s parents, Donny and Donna McVey, have set up a memorial fund in her honor and plan to present a scholarship in May to one of her former classmates.

“I won’t be able to see my daughter graduate, but I will be able to see someone receive a scholarship in her memory,” Donna McVey said.

McVey said her daughter was very involved in the community. She was a cheerleader at the high school, involved with Rockford Baptist Church and local events, such as Relay for Life.

McVey said the family began the Ashli Denae’ Butler Memorial Scholarship Fund because they wanted to give back to the community that supported them after their daughter’s death. They hope to give a scholarship to a graduating Central-Coosa senior every year.

“During the time of Ashli’s death, Coosa County was just so wonderful,” McVey said. “We want to give back to the community and to do that in Ashli’s honor and memory.”

With the help of family and friends, the McVeys have planned several fundraisers – a pageant, a dinner concert, a trap shoot and car washes – in the coming months to raise money for the scholarship fund.

The inaugural Coosa Valley Sweetheart Pageant will be held Saturday, Feb. 5 at Old Rockford School.

The pageant has 13 categories for girls from infants to 21 years of age and boys up to age 5. Prizes and award will be given in each category.

The entry fee is $35 and there is a discount for siblings. The Photogenic entry fee is an additional $10. The registration deadline is Jan. 21.

Admission to the pageant is $5. Children under age 5 will be admitted free.

For a complete set of rules and application, call 256-794-5279 or email coosavalleysweetheartpageant@gmail.com.

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