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Sixth annual Lacey Day is this weekend

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The sixth an­nu­al Lacey Day will take place this Sunday from 2 to 6 p.m. at Holy Name of Je­sus par­ish hall, at 701 E. Gaul St. in Fishtown.

The event is held in memory of Lacey Galla­gh­er, a Little Flower High School seni­or who died in a 2007 auto­mobile ac­ci­dent.

Tick­ets cost $30. There will be re­fresh­ments, food by Cav’s Ca­ter­ing, a per­form­ance by the Ex­cep­tions, mu­sic by Keep ‘Em Dan­cing DJ Eric and a Chinese auc­tion.

Pro­ceeds be­ne­fit the Lacey Galla­gh­er Me­mori­al Schol­ar­ship Fund.

For more in­form­a­tion, vis­it www.thelacey­fund.org or call Frank Galla­gh­er (267-972-7455) or Bill Dolan (215-783-7907).

Dona­tions can be sent to the Lacey Galla­gh­er Me­mori­al Schol­ar­ship Fund, 2657 Al­mond St., Phil­adelphia, PA 19125.

Lacey Galla­gh­er was 18 when she died April 28, 2007, fol­low­ing her seni­or prom. She and six friends were rid­ing in a sport util­ity vehicle on a wet and foggy night at about 3 a.m. on the Pennsylvania Turn­pike’s North­east Ex­ten­sion, south of the Quaker­town exit, on their way to the Po­cono Moun­tains.

The driver lost con­trol of the vehicle, which hit a con­crete bar­ri­er and rolled over be­fore land­ing on its roof. Lacey was ejec­ted and killed, while her friends were taken to the hos­pit­al with in­jur­ies. None were wear­ing seat belts. Drugs and al­co­hol were not factors.

Lacey was the second-old­est of four chil­dren of Frank and Den­ise Galla­gh­er.

After the tragedy, the Galla­gh­er fam­ily and friends pushed for driv­ing re­forms and es­tab­lished the Lacey Galla­gh­er Me­mori­al Schol­ar­ship Fund to as­sist stu­dents in loc­al Cath­ol­ic high schools.

Last year, Gov. Tom Corbett signed a bill that cre­ated “Lacey’s Law,” which re­quires that:

• Drivers ages 16½ to 18 are per­mit­ted to trans­port only one oth­er pas­sen­ger un­der age 18 for the first six months that they have their li­censes. Ex­emp­tions ap­ply for fam­ily mem­bers and if a par­ent or leg­al guard­i­an is in the vehicle.

• All drivers and pas­sen­gers un­der age 18 must be buckled up or prop­erly re­strained in a child safety or boost­er seat. Fail­ure to do so would be a primary of­fense, mean­ing that po­lice can pull over a vehicle if an of­ficer sus­pects someone is not wear­ing a seat­belt or prop­erly re­strained.

• Per­mit hold­ers must take be­hind-the-wheel train­ing for 65 hours, rather than 50. Ten of the hours must be after dark, and five must be dur­ing in­clement weath­er.

Here is the list of the schol­ar­ship re­cip­i­ents for the 2012-13 aca­dem­ic year:

Sara Arm­bruster, Susan Blaney, Kel­sey Broad­bent, Madis­on Comey, Al­exa Comey, Rachel Fox, Nat­alie Galla­gh­er, Al­lis­on Grubb, Carlie Hodol­itz, Patrick Mi­chael Madgey, Ken­neth Ma­son, Katelynne Mc­Monagle, Al­ex­an­dria Mil­ligan, Joseph Min­issale, Al­exa Jo Palmer, Theresa Pearce, Peter Joseph Pritz, Meghan Sears, Maeve Sears, Vicki Smith, Brendan Stein­brech­er, Laura Stew­art, Vic­tor­ia Van Buskirk, Kirstin Wilson and Olivia Wnek. ••End­Frag­ment 

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