Community supports Jenni Sharpe Memorial

Family members of Jenni Sharpe: Shannon Caldwell (kneeling) with son Tripp, Heath Caldwell, standing left, Johnny Caldwell, Cheryl Caldwell, holding Molly Claire Caldwell, and Ryan Sharpe with son John Ryan. | Photos: Martha Ladd

WINNSBORO – Community members from all over Fairfield County turned out to support the third annual Jenni Sharpe Memorial 5K on March 23.

Zy’hon Young, Geiger student

The event, which funds scholarships for Fairfield County seniors, was initiated after Winnsboro native Jenni Caldwell Sharpe passed away from cancer in 2016.

Jenni, a graduate of Richard Winn Academy, and her husband Ryan Sharpe, an alumnus of Fairfield Central and current teacher and coach, looked for opportunities to give back to the community that supported them during Jenni’s diagnosis and treatment.

Ryan saw the memorial as a means to meet that goal in two ways: the event would bring community members together and give back by supporting local students.

In its first two years, the fundraiser provided $12,000 of scholarships to graduating seniors at Fairfield Central and Richard Winn. Donations are still accepted. To give online, visit PayPal.me/JSharpe5K.

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