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Archbishop Molloy High School Remembers Beloved Late Alumna

June Event Included Memorial Dedication & Scholarship Fundraiser

 

 

In June, Archbishop Molloy High School held a special event in memory of a beloved late alumna. Karina Vetrano, a member of Molloy’s first coed class of 2004 and an avid runner, lost her life in August 2016 after she was senselessly attacked while jogging near her home in Howard Beach, Queens.

Karina’s tragic passing touched the hearts of countless people both in and out of the Molloy community, and many reached out to ask what they could do to help. After months of planning by an event committee, which included members of Molloy’s Alumni Center and Karina’s classmates, Molloy hosted an overnight walk/run in Karina’s memory. The event also raised money to support the establishment of a scholarship in Karina’s name. The scholarship will benefit future young women entering Molloy.

The walk/run began at 8:00pm on Friday, June 23rd. In a dramatic moment, Phil Vetrano, Karina’s father and a member of Molloy’s class of 1974, ran the first lap alone while carrying his daughter’s running shoes. As he finished the first lap, Phil handed the shoes off to his son, and all other participants stepped off to begin their walk or run. The event went through the night, and at times through torrential rain, until 9:30am on Saturday, June 24th. Notable moments included the class of 2004 stepping off at 11:00pm to honor their friend (Karina loved the number 11), and the class of 1974 stepping off with Phil at midnight in a show of solidarity. In addition, many students and recently graduated seniors volunteered during and or participated in the walk/run, which was a wonderful act of love and support for Karina and the Vetrano family.

 

 

On Saturday morning, after the conclusion of the walk/run, Molloy celebrated Mass with the Vetrano family and members of the community. At the conclusion of Mass, Phil was invited to the podium to say a few words. “Today I’m going to give myself the privilege to say good morning. Good days have been few and far between for my family recently, but today is a good day. I want to thank all of you that are here today, and all who came last night. This school is very special. Children enter these doors and leave years later as young adults. Something magical happens to them, and it stays with them for the rest of their lives. I believe the longer after you graduate, the more special it becomes, and I know it was like that with Karina. This whole event is magical, and we’re going to help other children enter these doors and leave with something special that I don’t think they could get anywhere else. I’m very proud that Karina and I are alumni.”

 

 

Later in the morning, after enjoying brunch, a dedication ceremony was held near Molloy’s front lawn. A new garden area, which was recently added, would now be the home of a permanent memorial bench bearing Karina’s name. Molloy President Richard Karsten ’81 welcomed the crowd that had gathered, which included the Vetrano family, friends, alumni, and news media. “The weather conditions were terrible, but clearly we stand strong for Karina,” said President Karsten. “Last summer our community suffered a terrible tragedy with the loss of Karina. The outpouring of support was immediate, and many asked what could be done to help Karina’s family and honor her memory. Now, after months of hard work, we were able to experience this dignified celebration of Karina’s life.” President Karsten also announced that thanks to the generosity of the Molloy and greater Queens communities, over $60,000 has been raised in support of The Karina Vetrano Memorial Scholarship.

Br. Roy George, class of 1962 and Karina’s principal during her time at Molloy, blessed the memorial bench with a prayer. “We pray. We ask God to bless this memorial in honor of Karina Vetrano. We pray that the Vetrano family will continue to find peace and comfort through God’s love, and the love of their family and friends. We pray that Karina will always be remembered at Molloy for being a kind and caring person, and that this memorial will serve as a reminder of what love can achieve. We make this prayer, through Christ our Lord. Amen.”

 

 

The event concluded with the Vetrano family unveiling the memorial bench and then releasing a dozen butterflies, which Karina was known to love. Karina was known to love many things. She loved her family, her friends, running, poetry, traveling, and life. Now, with a memorial and scholarship bearing her name, and the potential for an annual event to be held, Karina’s creative spark and loving spirit can continue to inspire future students at Archbishop Molloy High School for many years to come.

For more information about Karina’s scholarship, visit www.molloyhs.org/karina/ or call 718.441.9210. 

 

--Written by Joe Sommo ‘03

 
 
 
 

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