Memorial established for MVC student killed in U.S. 65 crash

Wednesday, April 16, 2003

A special memorial for a Missouri Valley College student killed in a traffic crash on U.S. Highway 65 south of Marshall earlier this semester was included during a performance by MVC dance students Tuesday evening.

Written on behalf of Emily Silverman's family, an insert in the evening's program asked those interested to make contributions to a memorial fund in Silverman's name.

The statement read: "Emily Silverman felt most alive when she was dancing and for nearly 17 years dance became a constant focus and inspiration in her life. She found great joy in the outlet of self-expression through music and was pursuing dance at Missouri Valley College. Due to a tragic accident, she will not perform in tonight's performance. Committed to finding ways to bring the joy of dance to others, now Emily's family is carrying on her dream after her death.

"The Emily A. Silverman Memorial Fund was created not only as a tribute to Emily's life, but as a way to turn her passion for dance into opportunities for others. Through this fund the Silverman family hopes to be able to provide financial and start-up assistance for students with financial limitations and children who want to pursue dance at any level. Because an anonymous donor is covering all initial administrative costs, your tax-deductible donation can directly benefit those in need.

"Your donation will be used in a variety of projects. Gently used shoes, dance attire, and costumes will be recycled from the more affluent studios, tuition scholarship will be awarded and halls for 'real' recitals will be arranged, are a few projects in the works.

"A forthcoming Web site will provide ongoing communication on the projects that you are funding and can be seen at emilyfoundation.org, or you can contact a member of the Silverman family at (816) 363-3204. Please enclose your tax-deductible donation in the envelope provided. Make your check out to: The Emily A. Silverman Memorial Fund. Please make sure to include your e-mail on the envelope so we can update you on our projects.

"The Silverman family is committed to keeping Emily's spirit and dreams alive, and your donation will make this possible."

Checks may be mailed to:

Emily A. Silverman Memorial Fund

6944 Edgevale Rd.

Kansas City, Mo. 64113-2031

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