Friday, May 7, 2010

Morristown benefit will honor the life of woman killed in crocodile attack in India

From New Jersey-

Organizers of a benefit concert at St. Peter’s Episcopal Church tomorrow considered canceling the event after learning about the death of Lauren Failla, the Morris Township woman who died last week while on vacation in India.

But they reconsidered -- Failla would have been disappointed to see the fundraiser for a youth service trip abandoned, said the Rev. Janet Broderick, the rector of the church.
“I think that Lauren would be extremely pleased that we’re in some ways honoring (her),” Broderick said.

The concert, featuring music by the Morristown-based Blaire Reinhardt Band and musicians Peter Moffit and Mary Graham-Aiken, will instead be performed in honor of Failla. The proceeds of the concert will help fund a trip this summer to send youth of the church to Louisiana to build houses for people affected by Hurricane Katrina.

On April 28, Failla, 25, was killed by a crocodile attack while snorkeling in India. Failla graduated from Morristown High School in 2002 and was a 2006 graduate of Vanderbilt University. In 2006, Failla’s older sister, Emily, died in a rock climbing accident in Washington state.

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