WESTFIELD, Mass. (WWLP) – The memory of an impressive young man was honored and celebrated today. 22News found out how one family is creating something positive out of a tragedy.
Joe Kareta’s future was full of promise and potential, but his life was cut tragically short when he was hit and killed by a drunk driver. Kareta was killed just 3 months after he earned a degree in criminal justice from Westfield State.
To honor his memory, and to help other individuals reach their goals, his family members created the Joe Kareta Scholarship. Each year students at Westfield State University are awarded scholarships thanks to the fundraising efforts of the Kareta family.
Lauren Chapin, a recipient of the Scholarship said, “As a criminal justice major it’s really helpful to get this support especially knowing that he was also a criminal justice major and to kind of take his dream and follow it with the help of the Kareta family means so much.”
“It’s just a nice way to remember my brother and celebrate him every year” said Kerry Kareta.
Sunday’s benefit hopes to raise about $10,000 through raffles and ticket sales. This is the 6th consecutive year that the family has held a scholarship benefit. To date, the Kareta family has raised $160,000 and awarded 33 scholarships.