By Luke Cavanagh, TSB Staff
The age of 19 can be the most exciting time in a young adult’s life.
Graduating high school and starting life’s next chapter, or building a career as the teen years expire are the things 19-year-olds should be doing.
Mollie Olgin (19) and Christine Chapa (18), a lesbian couple from Portland Texas, were robbed of their youth and future. They were found at a park with gunshot wounds to the head. Mollie was announced dead at the scene while Christine is in serious but stable condition.
Kris Wong (18), a member of the Collin County branch of Youth First Texas, heard about the Mollie and Christine tragedy and immediately decided to act. With the help of Youth First Texas, she decided to put together a fundraiser, “Bowling for Justice”, to help the organization Crime Stoppers find the man responsible for the shootings.
When Wong was asked what sparked such passion in her to create a fundraiser for girls she has never met, she said “They were my age; I have a lot of friends who are also their age.” She added, “It could have been me or any one of us; it’s weird to think about.”
The event entitled “Bowling for Justice” is a social event hosted by Youth First Texas, an organization that inspired Wong to create the fundraiser.
“Youth First Texas is an organization that provides a space for youth to go were they will be safe to be themselves,” she said. “They have all kinds of groups to help people with things like gender identity issues, living with AIDS, or the homeless.”
“Bowling for Justice” will be held at Plano Super Bowl, July 28, at 7:30 p.m. Attendees will enjoy 2 hours of bowling, including shoe rental for $25 per person, and the first 60 people will receive gift bags provided by Youth First Texas.
Wong said, “We will have bowling competitions with prizes, a raffle, and food and drinks. It should be a fun family event, so bring the kids out for a good cause.”
If you can’t make it to the event you can donate on Facebook through PayPal, but all donations at the event must be cash. Come out and help honor the memory of Mollie Olgin by helping to bring her attacker to justice. All the information for the event is posted on Facebook in the link below. Also if you would like to learn more about Youth First Texas click here.