Sorority hosts fundraiser for sister injured in crash

Sarah Stukenborg

Almost exactly four months after a Memorial Day car accident left Benton freshman Landon Lovett in critical condition, her Alpha Omicron Pi sorority sisters haven’t forgotten about her.

AOPi hosted a jewelry sale from Premier Designs Tuesday evening in Meredith Hall as a way to fundraise for Lovett.

Franklin sophomore Caroline Carter, a member of AOPi in Lovett’s pledge class, helped sell the jewelry.

Carter said AOPi has participated in many functions to help raise money for Lovett.

“We’re still trying to help and do everything that we can,” Carter said. “We want Landon to know that we’re still here.”

AOPi and WKU alum Cassi Nushart, an independent consultant for Premier Designs, was in charge of putting together the fundraiser.

Nushart said the money raised will be  helpful to the Lovett family.

“The money is going to help the Lovett family with hospital bills and whatever they need,” Nushart said.

Lovett remains in critical condition in a long-term care facility in Tennessee after being hit by a drunk driver.

To prepare for the fundraiser, Nushart trained the girls on how to sell the jewelry.

The jewelry included an assortment of colorful necklaces, bracelets, earrings and rings.

Among the pieces was a silver cuff specifically designed for AOPi members.

Engraved on the bracelet in black script are the words “Love is kind; it always protects.”

Franklin junior Mary Clayton Kinslow, another member of AOPi, was eager to sell in order to help Lovett.

“I want to get as much money as we can for our sister Landon and her family because they need it so bad,” Kinslow said.

People unaffiliated with the sorority also came to contribute to the fundraiser.

Richmond freshman Megan Short, a member of Omega Phi Alpha sorority, attended the fundraiser with a friend.

“I came because I wanted to buy stuff for a good cause,” Short said. “I know if it were one of my sisters I’d want people to come out and support.”