Southwestern CT family marks anniversary of child's tragic death

A benefit ball at the Greenwich Hyatt might strike some as a strange way to mark the first anniversary of a child?s death, but the southwestern Connecticut family that organized Thursday?s ball says it?s

News 12 Staff

Aug 3, 2006, 11:02 PM

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Southwestern CT family marks anniversary of child's tragic death
A benefit ball at the Greenwich Hyatt might strike some as a strange way to mark the first anniversary of a child?s death, but the southwestern Connecticut family that organized Thursday?s ball says it?s their way of helping other families cope with tragedy.
A year ago to the day, Elayne Cassara, her husband and surviving daughter set off for Rye Playland for what was meant to be a fun family outing, but it quickly turned tragic. Jon-Kely Cassara, 7, boarded the Olde Mill boat ride by himself, somehow fell from the boat, was trapped underneath and drown.
In her grief Cassara says she discovered a creative drive that helped her start the non-profit Fashioned 4 Life. It helps women and children experiencing tragedies like the Cassara?s. Fashion 4 Life will hold its first benefit in honor of Jon-Kely. Cassara also lobbied New York State legislators to pass new safety laws for amusement parks.Related Information: Report finds safety shortcomings on ride where Norwalk boy diedNorwalk mother tearfully relives the day her son was killed


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