Attorney Kevin C. Ferry gives $10,000 to honor the memory of an Avon girl.

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(Anne Marie MacFaddin/Mellissa’s Mother, Attorney Kevin. C Ferry, Principal Jason Beaudin/Avon High School)

Avon, Connecticut: Mellissa Andrew was only 17 years old but already thinking about the future. She wanted to be a special education teacher and help others to learn sign language, a way she and her family used to communicate with her little brother Aidan who has down syndrome. To Mellissa, entering the field of special education was more than just a career, it was her calling.

Tragically, that calling was cut short when Melissa lost her life in a car accident. The Avon High school cross country runner was killed in a car accident in Harwington on August 5, 2010.

“When I heard someone I went to school with lost a daughter about the same age as mine, I was devastated,” said attorney Kevin. C. Ferry. “I needed to do something.”

Ferry, who grew up with Mellissa’s mother Anne Marie MacFaddin, is the gold sponsor of the charitable foundation created in honor of Mellissa called “Smiles for Mellissa.” Ferry, who lives in Avon but whose practice is in New Britain, donated $10,000 to the fund. Some of that money will be used to teach sign language classes at Avon High, helping Melissa’s passion and calling to continue.

“This is all about honoring my daughter’s life” said Anne Marie. “We are very grateful to Kevin for helping us keep my daughter’s memory and mission alive.”

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Ferry’s contribution will also help fund a golf tournament created in honor of the teenager. The Mellissa Ann Andrew Memorial Golf Tournament will be held on June 3, 2012, at 1:30 PM at Shotgun Scramble, Farmington Woods Golf Club.

You can register for the tournament by going to http://www.cmac.golfregistrations.com

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