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Joey's Purple Ball( Photo by Karen Jackson, for the Baltimore Sun / June 14, 2014 )
Michelle Leader, left, Adam Leader, Bob Gay and Michele Gay
A summer breeze drifted through the VIP tent at Joey's Purple Ball. But the soft, warm feeling that enveloped this gathering both in the tent and inside Calvert Hall College High School's cafeteria had nothing to do with the weather. It was all about coming together to support Michele and Bob Gay, a Maryland couple now living in Connecticut who lost their 7-year-old daughter, Joey Gay, in the December 2012 Sandy Hook school shooting.
The $100-$150-a-ticket party -- so named for Joey's favorite color -- benefited Safe and Sound: A Sandy Hook Initiative, which Michele Gay co-founded with another Sandy Hook parent to help communities nationwide create safer schools.
"I started [the foundation] in Joey's honor, getting inspiration from her. So it's great to celebrate her among friends," said Michele Gay.
"It's really amazing how something so tragic really does bring out so much more goodness that overshadows it," said Bob Gay. "There's just so much good in people. We're so grateful for our friends."
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