As we reported earlier, Alabama football player Carson Tinker was honored on Tuesday with a scholarship by head coach Nick Saban. Now another event will honor his girlfriend, who was killed just days before graduation in the deadly tornadoes that struck Tuscaloosa last year.
Ashley Harrison, a Dallas native, will be honored prior to the Alabama-Michigan football game by Tide in Texas, the University of Alabama North Texas Alumni Chapter. Last season, Harrison’s family and the group established an annual scholarship in her name to award to a North Texas high school senior who will be enrolling at Alabama.
The Ashley Harrison Memorial Scholarship Fund kicked off with the 2011 ‘Bama Boot Scoot for Ashley, raising more than $40,000.
The second-annual Boot Scoot will be held at Gilley’s Dallas on Aug. 31 – the evening before the Crimson Tide takes on Michigan in its season-opener at Cowboys Stadium.
“Ashley, our only child, loved life and lived it to the fullest throughout her 22 years,” Harrison’s parents, Dave and Darlene Harrison, said in a statement. “Ashley was committed to helping others, and we are truly grateful for the ongoing support and love we’ve received from so many as we continue her legacy through this scholarship at The University of Alabama.”
The benefit will feature a musical performance from The Ray Johnston Band, raffle, plus live and silent auctions.
Tickets are available for pre-purchase, and event merchandise, including shirts, bracelets and drink koozies, may also be ordered on the website.