Leaving a Legacy – Making the most with the life you have……

With Janie Whitney, Co-founder of the Trey Whitney Foundation

With Janie Whitney, Co-founder of the Trey Whitfield Foundation

I love supporting events that speak to triumph over tragedy.

On July 17, I had the pleasure of being a part of a legacy that started with 2 parents and a tragedy.  What resulted was a 27-year labor of love, and a journey of hope and healing.

Trey Whitfield was a young man in high school who at 6’8″ received a full scholarship and was a power forward for private prep school Brewster Academy’s basketball team.  He was also very civic-minded, and worked in summer camps counseling young boys and girls. Like most teens who have to make the arduous decision to choose a college, he chose the University of Richmond.

This young man had a bright and promising future ahead of him. But, shortly before his graduation from high school, he was in a boating accident that claimed his young life.    For the past 27 years, the Trey Whitfield Foundation has provided support for those who make positive contributions to society; encouragement for those who have trouble navigating challenges in life; and it helps young people who exhibit academic excellence and want to continue their education.  Also, there is a school named in their son’s honor – The Trey Whitfield School in Brooklyn.

Speaking from the perspective of a parent who has lost a child to a tragedy, I can relate to Trey’s parents, A.B Whitfield and Janie Whitney.  They have made the most of their lives by honoring their son and providing a legacy of hope which secures the most important part of our future – our children.

 

With Alvin Whitney, brother of Trey Whitfield

With Alvin Whitney, brother of Trey Whitfield

With American actor, songwriter, singer and pastor, Clifton Davis. He was the MC of the night, along with Alvin Whitney's wife, Pam Oliver.

With American actor, songwriter, singer and pastor, Clifton Davis. He was the MC of the night, along with Alvin Whitney’s wife, Pam Oliver.

With retired pro football player and adjunct professor A.B. Whitfield, Trey Whitney's father

With Founder, A.B. Whitfield, a retired pro football player and adjunct professor and Trey Whitfield’s father

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