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Four Dulaney seniors host inaugural 'Yards for Yeardley' event [Cockeysville]

Dulaney High School seniors, back, from left, Kiley Bolonda, Megan Proefrock and front, from left, Emma Klein, Alli Hill, formed One Love Club at the school to honor Cockeysville native Yeardley Love who was killed by her boyfriend, George Huguely in May 2010. One Love Club hosted on Oct. 23 the fundraiser, "Yards for Yeardley," with proceeds going to OneLove Foundation to combat domestic violence.
Dulaney High School seniors, back, from left, Kiley Bolonda, Megan Proefrock and front, from left, Emma Klein, Alli Hill, formed One Love Club at the school to honor Cockeysville native Yeardley Love who was killed by her boyfriend, George Huguely in May 2010. One Love Club hosted on Oct. 23 the fundraiser, "Yards for Yeardley," with proceeds going to OneLove Foundation to combat domestic violence. (Submitted photo)

A beautiful October day was the setting for the first ever "Yards for Yeardley" at Dulaney High School where participants came together to walk or run one million yards in honor of Yeardley Love. Six years ago, the life of Cockeysville-native and lacrosse standout, Yeardley Love was cut tragically short at the hands of her boyfriend. Her legacy lives on through the OneLove Foundation, which is committed to bringing an end to relationship violence by educating, empowering and activating campus communities in a movement for change. Students at Dulaney High have been inspired by this message and have formed their own One Love Club, which sponsored the Yards for Yeardley event. The Dulaney chapter was founded by Emma Klein, Kiley Bolanda, Alli Hill and Megan Proefrock, all seniors at the school. The 30 members of the club meet monthly to raise awareness about domestic violence. Domestic violence will effect one in three women and one in four men during their lifetime. Together with chapters around the country, One Love Club is working to change those statistics.

Yards for Yeardley on Oct. 23 drew about 80 walkers and has raised over $500 so far. Many more have pledged in support of the event. Nationwide, over 132 million yards have been covered in honor of Yeardley and that number is growing rapidly. Donations are still being accepted at https://www.crowdrise.com/yards-for-yeardley-team-dulaney-moms.

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Got junk? Bring it to the Donation Drive that's being run by our Cockeysville Girl Scouts. Box up your clutter and get it over to Epworth United Methodist Church on Saturday, Nov. 12 from 9 a.m. until noon, and help the young ladies of Girl Scout Community 683 fund their Spring Encampment. They are working with Savers Thrift Stores and will earn money based on the weight of the items donated. Wanted items include clothing, shoes, accessories, linens, books and small household items. The Spring Encampment brings together Girl Scouts of all ages for a weekend of camping, learning and activities and of course, s'mores and singing around the campfire. So keep it green while you clean and consider a donation to the Girl Scout's Donation Drive. Epworth UMC is located at 600 Warren Road in Cockeysville.

Also, it's Girl Scout cookie time so be on the lookout for Cookie Booth sales here in the area over the next few weeks. You will be able to find Cookie Booths all around Cockeysville at places like Wal-Mart, Sam's Club and Pappas Restaurant. They will also be out at area schools and polling places on Election Day. There are some yummy new flavors this year along with the old favorites like Thin Mints, so pick up a box and support our local Girl Scouts!

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