Kelli O’Laughlin classmates host car wash in her memory

David Fiflis retaliates with soap after getting soaked by Emily Parkes during the first car wash in 2012. | File photo
David Fiflis retaliates with soap after getting soaked by Emily Parkes during the first car wash in 2012. | File photo

As they begin their senior year of high school, classmates of Kelli O’Laughlin are sponsoring a car wash Aug. 16 in LaGrange Highlands in her memory.

The car wash will be held from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Pleasantview Fire Protection District station, 1970 Plainfield Road.

Students are asking patrons to donate $5 for a wash and consider buying raffle tickets for a variety of prizes donated by area businesses.

Proceeds from the third annual car wash will benefit the Kelli Joy O’Laughlin Memorial Fund, which provides scholarships for area high school students and support for various charities.

Classmates said they were pleased to raise $2,500 the first year, enough for one scholarship.

Just after beginning her freshman year at Lyons Township High School, the 14-year-old was killed by an intruder in her Indian Head Park home Oct. 27, 2011.

Residents of surrounding communities have rallied in support of her parents, Brenda and John O’Laughlin, in a variety of events and fundraisers, including an annual 5-K in November and pack-the-place events at LT and Gurrie Middle School in La Grange.

Donations to the scholarship fund may be made online at www.kellijoyolaughlinmemorialfund.com.

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