Keeping Hamilton youth on the right track

News Jun 25, 2015 by Mark Newman Hamilton Mountain News

Sherri Bonnallie wants to see Mountain youths live healthy, productive lives.

In 2013 she started Give Proof to Our Youth, a fundraising organization dedicated to keeping young people off the street and out of trouble.

On Saturday the organization will hold its third annual Our Day in the Park, a free event at McQuesten Park on Upper Wentworth.

Bonnallie said she’s hoping Mountain children and teens and their parents will drop by.

There will be a variety of employment and education-related information booths, sports such as basketball and baseball, music, a silent auction and other activities all aimed at young people along with a barbecue.

“We have so much for them to choose from and to show them that there’s better directions and more positive outlook towards their future,” said the central Mountain resident who began her volunteer work with high school and semi-pro football.

She said she wants to show Mountain teens there are a lot of positive activities they can be part of.

The event begins at noon and concludes between 7 p.m. and 8 p.m. with a massive balloon launch in memory of her 23-year-old son Marley Rowe who was murdered on Jan. 1, 2014.

He was shot in the head as he was leaving a New Year’s Eve party in the Sherman-Barton area.

“His case is still open,” said Bonnallie, who noted there is a $50,000 reward for information leading to an arrest and conviction in the case.

“He was not a gang member,” she said. “He was at the wrong place at the wrong time.”

Keeping Hamilton youth on the right track

Community invited to free event at McQuesten Park on Saturday

News Jun 25, 2015 by Mark Newman Hamilton Mountain News

Sherri Bonnallie wants to see Mountain youths live healthy, productive lives.

In 2013 she started Give Proof to Our Youth, a fundraising organization dedicated to keeping young people off the street and out of trouble.

On Saturday the organization will hold its third annual Our Day in the Park, a free event at McQuesten Park on Upper Wentworth.

Bonnallie said she’s hoping Mountain children and teens and their parents will drop by.

There will be a variety of employment and education-related information booths, sports such as basketball and baseball, music, a silent auction and other activities all aimed at young people along with a barbecue.

“We have so much for them to choose from and to show them that there’s better directions and more positive outlook towards their future,” said the central Mountain resident who began her volunteer work with high school and semi-pro football.

She said she wants to show Mountain teens there are a lot of positive activities they can be part of.

The event begins at noon and concludes between 7 p.m. and 8 p.m. with a massive balloon launch in memory of her 23-year-old son Marley Rowe who was murdered on Jan. 1, 2014.

He was shot in the head as he was leaving a New Year’s Eve party in the Sherman-Barton area.

“His case is still open,” said Bonnallie, who noted there is a $50,000 reward for information leading to an arrest and conviction in the case.

“He was not a gang member,” she said. “He was at the wrong place at the wrong time.”

Keeping Hamilton youth on the right track

Community invited to free event at McQuesten Park on Saturday

News Jun 25, 2015 by Mark Newman Hamilton Mountain News

Sherri Bonnallie wants to see Mountain youths live healthy, productive lives.

In 2013 she started Give Proof to Our Youth, a fundraising organization dedicated to keeping young people off the street and out of trouble.

On Saturday the organization will hold its third annual Our Day in the Park, a free event at McQuesten Park on Upper Wentworth.

Bonnallie said she’s hoping Mountain children and teens and their parents will drop by.

There will be a variety of employment and education-related information booths, sports such as basketball and baseball, music, a silent auction and other activities all aimed at young people along with a barbecue.

“We have so much for them to choose from and to show them that there’s better directions and more positive outlook towards their future,” said the central Mountain resident who began her volunteer work with high school and semi-pro football.

She said she wants to show Mountain teens there are a lot of positive activities they can be part of.

The event begins at noon and concludes between 7 p.m. and 8 p.m. with a massive balloon launch in memory of her 23-year-old son Marley Rowe who was murdered on Jan. 1, 2014.

He was shot in the head as he was leaving a New Year’s Eve party in the Sherman-Barton area.

“His case is still open,” said Bonnallie, who noted there is a $50,000 reward for information leading to an arrest and conviction in the case.

“He was not a gang member,” she said. “He was at the wrong place at the wrong time.”