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Memorial fund raises money for youth program

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Laura Winterbottom was killed in a brutal attack eight years ago. Now, her family and friends are keeping her memory alive by helping others. They started the Laura Kate Winterbottom Memorial Fund after her rape and murder in Burlington. It is dedicated to carrying on the art teacher's legacy.

Tuesday, Laura's family is holding a fundraiser for the Bob & Maggie Green Youth Adventure Program. It gets kids outdoors. Winterbottom loved the outdoors and teaching kids.

"People say one of the best therapies is to do something for other people and it's really true, you get a lot of satisfaction, consolation out of helping somebody who may have either suffered the same tragedy or somebody who is disadvantaged in life. It's very important to be able to do that," said Ned Winterbottom, Laura's father.

"We have adventures planned at Mississquoi Wildlife Refuge. We will be taking children fishing, kayaking in the lake-- things they normally don't get to participate in, have the resources or it's not on somebody's radar screen," said Leisa Pollander of the Sara Holbrook Community Center.

The silent auction and wine tasting is April 16 from 5:30-8 p.m. at Magnolia Bistro in Burlington. Click here for more information.

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