Memorial Tournament helps raise money for Senior Scholarship

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JONESBORO, AR (KAIT)- In 2005, a 21-year-old Jonesboro native, Lydia Nelson lost her life in tragic car accident. Saturday, a scholarship fundraiser was held to help keep her memory alive.

A basketball tournament was held at Jonesboro High School, the same high school Nelson graduated from. All the money is going towards the Lydia Nelson Scholarship, helping two Jonesboro seniors further their education.

"She would be right here in the middle of this if she were here today," says Lydia's mother Sue Nelson. She says having a scholarship in her daughter's memory is touching. "Makes me just beam with pride because of her memory. People still love her, and they still think about her, and they're passionate about the things she was passionate about," says Nelson.

"Being able to do this is a blessing to me. She touched my life as well as the lives of others," says Christi McCuien helped start up the Lydia Nelson Scholarship. It's in it's first year, helping Jonesboro students move on to an institution of higher learning.

"I know the type of person she was, and I know that if she was here she would be doing something like this for somebody else," says McCuien.

A basketball fundraiser was held Saturday with people all looking to show off their skills and make the crowd go wild. "People that have played since high school and played with Lydia in high school, they've come out to play and they're getting a little winded but they're playing for her," says McCuien, as well as a silent auction showcasing items donated by people and businesses in the community.

Pictures and memories were also displayed as a memorial of a woman that will live on in the hearts of many. "We are just so pleased with just word of mouth and people just dropping by to say hey I just wanted to come by and do my part for the scholarship foundation and it's pretty cool," says Nelson.

The foundation hopes to raise enough money to provide $500.00 in scholarship money to the two seniors who are chosen. For a list of upcoming events just go to the Lydia Nelson Scholarship facebook page at!/event.php?eid=141593762540294&ref=search or if you would like to donate you can mail donations to P.O. Box 19426 Jonesboro, AR 72403 or you can contact Christi McCuien at (240) 370- 3249 or Misti Mitchell at (870) 882-6088.  All donations are tax deductible.

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