Phan scholarship fundraiser Wednesday
by TP staff
Jul 19, 2011 | 2352 views | 0 0 comments | 9 9 recommendations | email to a friend | print
A fundraiser is being held in memory of former Tracy High student Carol Chi Phan at Chilaberries on Wednesday, July 20, to raise money for a scholarship in her name.

The death of the 17-year-old on Sept. 18, 2010, in car accident along with three other Tracy teenagers prompted family friend Mike Pihlman to do something to keep her memory alive.

“My daughter and Carol were best friends,” he said. “We loved Carol. We had to do something. … I had to do something. I had to honor Carol in some way.”

Pihlman created the website,, which celebrates Phan’s life with photos and submissions by her friends, such as movie reviews and funny videos.

“I didn’t want to make it a depressing site,” he said. “How do you get the message out to teenagers to drive safely? You have to make something they want to see… movie reviews. So instead of hitting them in the face with ‘drive safe,’ it’s more subliminal.”

Pihlman said his goal for Wednesday’s fundraiser is to get $700 to support a second scholarship to a graduating senior in Phan’s memory.

He said he already has the $1,000 needed for one future Tracy High School graduate’s scholarship. The second scholarship will be made available to any Tracy graduate accepted to a four-year college with a 3.5 or higher grade-point average.

“If I get more money, I will do more (scholarships),” Pihlman said. “If I get a $10,000 donation, then I might take a little bit to do more fundraising ideas and put as much as I can into the scholarships. Right now, I’ve just got to get that second $1,000 for 2012.”

The fundraiser at the frozen yogurt business on July 20 will run from 11 a.m. to 9 p.m., near Raley’s supermarket at 2600 Tracy Blvd. Anyone who wants to make a donation to the ForCarol scholarship can print out a coupon off the website— 25 percent of the proceeds for that purchase will go to ForCarol.

In addition to the yogurt fundraiser, Pihlman said he’s taking part in an ongoing “shares” charity program through Save Mart. Anyone with a card can show it at checkout, and the grocery chain will donate 3 percent of every purchase to local charities. Anyone who wants a “shares” card can find one at Pihlman’s office, AltamontCowork, 95 W. 11th St., Ste. 205.

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