Patrisha Hartley showed her 263-pound hog at Saturday’s 4-H Livestock Auction. Instead of collecting all the profit for the sale, she gave a portion to a newly created fund in Lauren Bashore’s name.
Lauren, 17, died Friday morning in a crash on Logansport Road, just east of Old Ind. 24. She was going to be a senior a Lewis Cass Jr.-Sr. High School.
Lauren wasn’t in 4-H, but she was in the Lewis Cass FFA chapter and was going to be vice president this coming school year.
“She worked so hard at FFA, she was so active in it,” Hartley said. “And she was the nicest person I’ve ever met.”
Claire Crum, Miss Cass County, past FFA member and good friend of Lauren, said members of FFA and friends of Lauren wanted to honor her.
“We immediately knew that we wanted to do something for her,” Crum said. “We wanted to do something that would benefit other kids in agriculture.”
So during the fair Friday night, Crum said a couple of younger sisters of FFA members got buckets to collect donations from fairgoers to go toward the scholarship.
“We had collected almost $520 just with two little girls walking around with feed buckets at premier showman,” Crum said.
Then during Saturday’s auction, several members of 4-H decided to donate a portion of the price of their animal to the fund. Some donated 10 percent, 20 percent or just $20.
“Even people who didn’t go to our school gave something to her, which I think is amazing,” Crum said.
Crum said Lauren helped make lemon shake-ups at the fair, and that many people met her through that on the fairgrounds.
“She put a smile on her face,” Crum said. “All she had to do was look at you, and you smiled.”