Benefit dinner held in memory of local teen

BOARDMAN, Ohio (WYTV) — A benefit dinner held in memory of Faith McCullough, brought more support to her family on Sunday.

Friends, family and community members gathered at the Georgetown Banquet Hall in Boardman to honor the memory of 14-year-old Faith McCullough, who died last month after being hit by a school bus while leaving East High School.

“She loved people and people naturally loved her,” said Faith’s father, Max McCullough.

It has been tough for the family, but support has been flowing in from all across the community.

“You got to be the luckiest person in the world to live in this area, because at the same time as this horrible horrible tragedy and we’re falling apart and it’s almost like the community came here and said, hey now we’re going to put you back together,” said McCullough.

McCullogh is taking a tragedy and making into something positive by starting the Faith McCullough Foundation, a program that will make sure that all areas where children gather will be safe zones from motor vehicles.

Our hope is to make schools faith zones. Make them so that they’re that kind of safe not just a school zone but a faith school zone,” said McCullogh.

This idea prompted family friends Andre Figueroa and Jennie Cameron to help raise awareness and support money through a benefit dinner.

“Well what do you suggest? Well she says let’s run a benefit banquet, because he was saying how he was going to make a foundation on behalf of his daughter,” said Figueroa.

McCullough plans to complete a phone app that will help bring child safety into the digital age very soon.

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