Jenni-Lyn Watson was a kind, beautiful, talented, and beloved 20-year-old dance major at Mercyhurst University in Erie PA who was in the prime of her life. She had a burning passion for the arts, friends, family, and traditions. She died all too soon on November 19th, 2010 while at home for Thanksgiving break, at the hands of her ex-boyfriend. Missing for eight days, the community rallied around finding her only to be devastated by her loss.
With the outpouring of support, her family established two funds to honor Jenni-Lyn’s passion for the art of dance. One fund is held in the CNY Community Foundation the second fund is at Mercyhurst University . Funding for the arts, especially dance, is always a challenge. We are committed to serving these financial needs in honor of our wonderful, sweet Jenni-Lyn.
The Jenni-Lyn Watson Memorial Fund at the CNY Community Foundation This Fund is being used to create opportunities for Central New York area’s children and teens. The Fund has disbursed financial aid to teenagers that have a passion for the art of dance who could not afford specialized training. It has also disbursed monies to preserve local dance opportunities for the community. For further details see the recipients tab.
For more information regarding this Fund visit the following link: Jenni-Lyn Watson Memorial Fund at the CNY Community Foundation https://www.cnycf.org/watson
The Jenni-Lyn Watson Memorial Fund at Mercyhurst University This Fund was established to aid all graduating dance majors at Mercyhurst during their senior year. A reimbursable allowance is available for portfolio, travel, and audition expenses. Donations to this Fund are matched by the college.
2014 Annual Golf Tournament a huge success. Thank you to volunteers and all who participated.