Cara Loughran, a 14-year-old Irish Dancer, was one of the victims of the Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School Shooting in Parkland, Florida in February of 2018.
After the incident, I created an icon with a white ribbon with her name on a purple background, Cara’s favorite color, and the words I Dance For Cara, as a way of honoring this young lady. I posted it on one of my Facebook pages, and a day or two later, my daughter, also a dancer told me she was seeing that icon all over her social media feeds, which made me think maybe I could do more.
I put the design on a tshirt, and sold them giving the majority of the profits to the Loughran family, and using a portion of the profits to sponsor a Perpetual Trophy dedicated to Cara at the Orange State Feis for approximately the next 10 years.
Earlier this year, a friend of Cara’s family asked if I could help with a design to help raise money for a new scholarship being created in Cara’s honor, the Cara Dances On Memorial Scholarship Foundation Inc. I worked with the friend, and Cara’s Mom to design the CaraDancesOn design, and sent a box of shirts to the 2019 Orange State Feis so they could sell them there. I also offered to sell them on this site, and a portion of the profits will go to the scholarship.
I am re-releasing the I Dance For Cara items from 2018 as well as offering the new CaraDancesOn design. You can see them both below and click through to purchase. Shown on purple, they are offered on a variety of apparel in a variety of colors.
I will be posting other ways to help the scholarship once the details are finalized.
Thank you for helping keep Cara Dancing On.