Benefit at cafe for Trefny memorial scholarship

By on August 3, 2011

By: MICHELLE REIFF Review Staff mreiff.eph@lnpnews.com, Staff Writer



Friends and community members are invited to visit the Cozy Coffee Cafe at 1832 N. Reading Rd., Stevens, in a benefit to raise money for a Lauren Trefny Memorial Scholarship on Aug. 9 from 5 to 9 p.m. The event will feature music and a slide show.Friends and community members are invited to visit the Cozy Coffee Cafe at 1832 N. Reading Rd., Stevens, in a benefit to raise money for a Lauren Trefny Memorial Scholarship on Aug. 9 from 5 to 9 p.m. The event will feature music and a slide show.

Cozy Coffee Cafe, 1832 N. Reading Rd., Stevens, has teamed up with friends of Lauren Trefny, the 17-year-old Cocalico High School student and Denver resident who died July 22 due to injuries from being struck by a car while jogging the day before, to hold a tribute/benefit in her honor at the cafe on Aug. 9 from 5 to 9 p.m.

Thirty percent of the cafe’s profits made between 5 and 9 p.m. and all of the money donated in collection jars that will be set out that evening will be used to create a Lauren Trefny Memorial Scholarship.

"We wanted to do this because she did a lot for us." said Leah Wallace, close friend of Trefny. "She loved cafes. "We wanted to do something that would be around forever."

Music, readings, stories, etc. relating to Lauren will be shared throughout the night, and a slideshow of pictures and music will be playing both inside and outside the event.

Cathy Johnston, owner of the cafe, decided to host the event because she’s a member of the local community, has children of her own in the school district, her daughter knew Trefny and she employees some of her friends.

"Being a mom, I knew that these kids needed a place to go, to talk and to be able to do something," said Johnston.

Wallace and some other friends of Trefny have gone out to local businesses in the community and were able to get donations for a raffle the night of the tribute. All money raised from the sale of raffle tickets will benefit the scholarship fund.

"This is very important to them (her friends). They have shown a lot of responsibility," said Johnston.

Parking will be available in the parking lots and grass area across the street; the cafe parking lot will be blocked off for people to bring blankets and chairs, which is strongly encouraged.

Call Johnston at 336-4441 with any questions. More BENEFIT, page A10

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