By Allison Brown
WILLOUGHBY HILLS, Ohio -- Hundreds of people gathered for the first Daniel Parmertor Memorial fundraising event Saturday with the goal of making the lives of young people a little brighter.
Nearly one year ago, Danny Parmertor, 16, and two of his Chardon High School classmates, Demetrius Hewlin, 16, and Russell King, Jr., 17, died during the Chardon High School shooting. Two other students were injured. A sixth student was grazed by a bullet.
On Saturday, people made it their mission to turn the pain into hope by supporting an event that will help bring scholarships to Chardon High School students and/or Auburn Career Center who want to excel in a computer related field.
The event was held at LaVera Party Center in Willoughby Hills, and many walked in wearing red and black, Chardon High School's colors.
Organizers tell FOX 8 there was a silent auction with many items up for grabs from Cleveland sports teams. There were also expensive baskets of goodies, with the proceeds going to the memorial fund.
"That was his dream, and that's what this is for. To help other children getting an education in computer science," said Karen Clemens, a family friend.
This idea was made reality after the Parmertor family created the Danny Parmertor Memorial Fund as a way to keep the young man’s memory alive through helping others.
Members of the Parmertor family said they could feel the spirit of their loved one at the fundraiser.
"Danny's with us, we feel him all of the time," said Marcy Grano, Danny’s great-grandmother.
Those who loved Parmertor expressed that a scholarship fund like this is something he would have truly loved to do for other people.
"It's for him, from us to children who need this, and can't afford it, and it will be from him," Clemens said.
Applications for the scholarship are available at both the high school and career center.
The first scholarships awarded will be presented in May of 2013 to members of what would have been Parmertor’s graduating class.
Part of the Danny Parmertor Memorial Fund mission statement reads, “Danny will always be remembered for his love of life, quick wit, and his ability to light up a room with his infectious smile.”