By Emily Fedor
Kelcey Hallinan was 18 years old when she passed away on November 16, 2013 after fighting a courageous battle with Hodgkin’s lymphoma. Her love for the Disney movie “Tangled” inspired last year’s “Lanterns for the Lost Princess” event.
“We thought it would be a nice tribute for the whole town to get involved because she was Dunmore’s child, and Dunmore was so supportive throughout her battle,” said Kelcey’s mother, Alicia.
Last summer, Alicia brought the fundraising memorial idea to the Dartt family, who also lost their daughter Carissa at a young age. They sold paper lanterns throughout Dunmore and beyond. Then on August 7, 2015, everyone lit up the night sky—to remember and send love up to those two beautiful girls.
After last year’s impressive turnout, the Dartts and the Hallinans decided to host the event again.
The fundraiser has since been renamed “Dunmore’s Angel Night,” to include all of Dunmore’s lost loved ones in the event.
Dunmore’s Angel Night will take place on Friday, August 12. Even if you’re not in Dunmore that night, you can still be a part of this beautiful event and light a lantern from wherever you are.
One lantern costs five dollars. All proceeds from lantern sales will benefit the #KelceyStrong and Carissa Dartt scholarships.
To purchase lanterns, contact Tom or Alicia Hallinan via Facebook or phone at (570) 877-0201.