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Memorial Scholarship Fund Inc

122a Mechanic St. Marlborough, MA 01752

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10-06-2016 05:31
SJL RIDE 2015 ~ Return

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29-08-2014 04:03
SJL RIDE 2014 - Bikes returning to the Moose. Thanks to Jessica Eve Photography !!

renee cummings
09-07-2014 03:57
My precious niece shawna. I cant believe it's been 5years .the pain just feels likes yesterday. Ive been looking at pictures of you and kevin and brandon growing up .What precious times. Your bond

03-04-2014 11:17

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MetroWest Daily News

Aug. 24, 2014
Riding for a good cause

Motorcyclists going out at the start of the 5th Annual SJL Memorial Scholarship Motorcycle Ride which kicked off at the Moose Lodge in Marlborough on Saturday. Wicked Local and Daily News
By Anamika Roy,   Updated at 10:17 PM

MARLBOROUGH - Five years ago, a grieving father organized a charity motorcycle ride in memory of his daughter. On Saturday, nearly 500 motorcycles rolled up to the Moose Lodge for the annual SJL Memorial Scholarship Fund Motorcycle Ride. Seventy-five percent of the bikers had never met the event’s namesake, Shawna Jean Larassa.
“Bikers are the most giving community you’ll come across,” said George Larassa, Shawna’s father.
Every summer, hundreds of bikers come out to what has become one of the largest charity rides in the area. It started with around 300 motorcycles the first year.
“It started as something really small. We never expected so many people would show up,” said Gerianne Beane of Marlborough, a family friend.
Larassa had just finished her first year of college when she died in a car crash in 2009. She was studying criminal justice at Johnson & Wales University in Providence, Rhode Island. She was a member of the Class of 2008 at Bartlett High School in Webster.

She was able to pursue higher studies because of scholarships, an opportunity her father wanted to pass on to other people.
Every year, the SJL Scholarship Fund gives scholarships to people of any age who want to go back to school. The event raises money through the registration fees for the charity ride and raffle ticket sales. In past years, the event has raised between $12,000 and $19,000.
“It’s very important to keep her memory alive because she was such an amazing girl,” said Lisa Lupo of Marlborough, another family friend.
It was emotional day for George Larassa as he stopped every few feet to get a hug from friends and family before the ride. Some even took out their wallets to give money from people who had heard about the ride but couldn’t be there.
One such encounter brought tears to Larassa’s eyes as Kathy Corey of Framingham gave Larassa a quilt with photos of his daughter. Corey never knew her.
“(George Larassa) has been such an awesome friend,” said Corey.
After the ride, the bikers were scheduled to release a box full of butterflies, Shawna Larassa’s favorite animal. She used to raise butterflies with her grandmother, her father said. George Larassa was even wearing a butterfly headband.
As the riders put up their kickstands to go on a 52-mile loop ride, Russ Tanner of Millbury said he never knew Shawna but wanted to support a good cause.
“Something good is coming out of such a tragedy.”

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