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The Immaculate High School's She's the First Chapter hosted their First Annual 5k Walk/Run in memory of Rebecca Draper Townsend, founder of the Chapter. Advisor Lynn Loya opened the event and told the more than one hundred participants that "Rebecca was an inspiration to us in the way that she reached out to others and always tried to make the world better, kinder and gentler whether it was her world here at Immaculate or our entire global community."

School President, Mary Maloney, expressed her gratitude for the outpouring of support and stated that "Rebecca was thrilled to know that she made a difference in the lives of underprivileged young women. Your presence today affirms that her legacy of caring, her transcending personality of 'no borders' when helping someone in need and her enthusiastic vision to maintain a moral compass prevails."

Chapter President Isabel Kent explained that "our chapter was started three years ago by Rebecca Draper-Townsend; it was one of the first high school chapters in the country. This year we dedicated all of our events in memory of Rebecca, our classmate, our friend, and our inspiration, to honor the impact that she made through the She's the First program."

Among the many who attended the event were members of Rebecca's family. Dr. and Mrs. Thomas Draper participated in a ceremonial start by driving in a golf cart around the the school's running track. Dr. Joan Draper, mother of Rebecca, complimented the continued efforts of the Chapter. In her acknowledgements, she read a portion of a letter written by Rebecca to the Chapter members prior to her graduating from Immaculate High School, "when I am gone, simply follow in the footsteps that have been made before you."

Thanks to the efforts of many, including Coach Brian Hayes and track team members, Lynn Loya, She's the First members, Mrs. Stone, Mrs. Nolan, Bill Fowler and the school's Advancement team, the event raised $6,800 for the She's the First program.

EVENT Photos from May 2016