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Spring-Ford graduate honors childhood friend's memory with fundraiser

By Christine Mawhinney Lark, For 21st Century Media

Tuesday, February 11, 2014

A local graduate has decided to use her time to help a cause that is close to her heart.

Paige Kuterbach, a 2013 graduate of Spring-Ford Area High school, and her mom, Judy are raising money to donate to the Julianne Siller Memorial Fund. Paige is a childhood friend of Julianne’s, and she would like to do something to help raise awareness in schools about domestic violence in Julianne’s memory.

“I will never forget the day when my daughter Paige said her friend was murdered, it was so heart wrenching I couldn’t put my mind around anything happening like this to her, or anyone,” Judy Kuterbach said.

“I am doing this fundraiser for my friend Julianne because I wasn’t able to go to her funeral due to having to complete a project that day in one of my classes,” Paige said. “I was so sad that I couldn’t go. Julianne and I were great friends in elementary school, and as we went through the school years, I was going to the tech school for half the day, we grew apart but would still say hey in the halls.”

After attending a fundraiser for Siller, Paige decided that she wanted to host a fundraiser of her own.

Judy Kuterbach owns Judi’s Classic Design’s Hair & Nail Salon located on Route 100 and Grosser Road, in Gilbertsville, and she will be celebrating 15 years of business in March. She decided it would be a good idea to hold a fundraiser while celebrating this milestone.

“Paige wanted to do something bigger, so she signed us up for the 5K for Julianne at the end of March,” Kuterbach said. “I told her we can do something for her, and we can combine it with my 15 years of business open house.”

They decided to get donation gifts from area businesses, and make raffle baskets with the donations. So far Kuterbach has 31 baskets to raffle, with values ranging from $15 to $250, with more coming in.

“We also put together a basket called Julianne’s basket,” Judy said. “Her favorite color was purple, so Paige filled it with purple items, and the Salon donated products and gift cards. It’s a $400 value.”

All of the proceeds from the raffle will go to Julianne’s scholarship fund.

Also at the event will be a meet and greet with Allison Kratz, who is Miss Teen Pennsylvania and a 2012 graduate of the Spring-Ford Area High School, from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. that day.

Kuterbach is still soliciting donations from local businesses to put together the raffle baskets, and they are currently selling tickets at the salon for the raffle. The raffle will be held during the 15-year celebration at the salon, on March 15, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Kuterbach will present the monies that they raise to Siller’s parents on March 30, at the 5K for Julianne, which is at the Spring-Ford Area High School.