CENTERVILLE, Ohio- (WDTN) A local family is turning tragedy into a chance to help others.
Sophie Kerrigan is one of three teens who died in a crash in Bellbrook in 2012.
A memorial foundation was started shortly after that by her mom, Janet Carpenter. It’s called, The Sophie Kerrigan’s “For the Love of Animals” Memorial Foundation. Carpenter said Sophie always cared for and rescued animals.
“A lot of people, their children pass and I’ve seen them where they still mourn every single day to the fullest as in, being depressed or crying, and they ask me how do you go on and I said I personally had to have a purpose. I had to have a purpose in honoring my daughter and I can’t see any other way of doing that,” said Carpenter.
On Saturday, the foundation is hosting its first ever gala in the Miami Valley at Yankee Trace Golf Club.
It’s sending the majority of the proceeds to help veterans get service dogs to help them out. The organization is called “Canines for Veterans.” To learn more about their organization click here.
It helps train rescue dogs for those service members suffering from mobility limitations as well as post-traumatic stress disorder.
Janet says those four-legged friends can help anyone get through difficult times.
“You can be in your darkest time and me having my dogs and my cats around, I mean they just make you so much happier,” said Carpenter.
The foundation has previously had events to raise money and awareness for animal rescues that take in abused dogs and animals from kill shelters such as Sacred Hearts Animal Rescue.
The Sophie Kerrigan “For the Love of Animals” gala will be on Saturday, Sept. 6 from 7-11 p.m. at Yankee Trace Golf Club. For more information on how you can attend click here.