Winery fundraiser to benefit Frace Sisters Memorial Fund

Two sisters killed in tragic car crash

Winery fundraiser to benefit Frace...

SAN LUIS OBISPO, Calif. - On the first Sunday of every month, Kelsey See Canyon Vineyards donates a portion of their wine sales to a local cause.

This month's Kelsey Cares hits close to home, as the winery hopes to keep the memory of two sisters alive.

Deanna Kelsey says she's trying to see the light in everything, and remembering family friends Brynn and Brittni Frace as lifelong teammates.

"Me and my little sister were really really good friends with the Frace girls growing up.  I ran cross-country and track all through high school with both of them," said Deanna Kelsey, Assistant Tasting Room Manager at Kelsey See Canyon Vineyard in San Luis Obispo.

22-year-old Brynn and 20-year old Brittni were killed after colliding with a semi-truck on Highway 198 last month, the sisters were heading back from the Central Coast to school at Chico State University.

"It's really affected all of us and we just wanted to honor the Frace Family by doing this this month," said Kelsey.

This Sunday, 15% of wine sales go toward the Frace Sisters Memorial Fund, set up by the girl's parents to provide athletic scholarships and a shoe donation program for underprivileged athletes

"These were the most amazing, happy, selfless girls that you would have ever met and their family is the exact same way and as you can see by what they're doing with their memorial fund, by turning right around and helping other athletes in the name of their girls," aid Kelsey.

As a mother, Carrie Ragain, says the shoe could easily be on the other foot.

"Brynn and Brittni played soccer with both my girls for several years, Shari and Warren are great people. We just found out, I can't imagine what they're going through so anything I can do to help right now," said Ragain.

Ragain hopes her purchase at Kelsey See Canyon Vineyards keeps their memory alive as she thinks of the girl's grieving parents.

"Parents worst nightmare pretty much comes to mind.  I think Shari and Warren are very strong people and watching their strength through all of this has been really something to hold onto.  They're living in the positive of their girls memory and that something I hope I can live up to some day because I don't know if I can be that strong," said Ragain.

Kelsey attended Atascadero High School with Brynn and Brittni.  The crash has sent shockwaves through the Chico State and San Luis Obispo communities.  According to the California Highway Patrol, Brynn turned into the path of a semi-truck while leaving a gas station.  Brittni was pronounced dead on the scene and Brynn was taken off life support two days after the crash.

"They were amazing and got taken from this earth way too soon," said Kelsey.

A Go-Fund-Me page has been set up, to contribute to the memorial fund click here


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