Pete's Winchester High School Class of 1993 held their 15th reunion, during which they held a 50/50 raffle. Half the money collected was split between Pete's Foundation and another charity. We thank the WHS Class of '93 for their kindness and generosity!
A metal sculpture of Peter was dedicated outside McCall Middle School in Winchester as a gift to Mr. French. It shows a likeness of Pete in action that many of you will recognize. We wish to thank the Winchester ABC (A Better Chance) Program for sponsoring the fundraising effort that led to the sculpture, the Department of Public Works for placement in the ground, and especially Madeleine Lord, the highly talented sculptress who donated her services for this project and did such a marvelous job of capturing Peter's spirit.
Mike Quaranto, Jon Kalagher, and Jackie Carr ran the Boston Marathon in Peter's memory. Out of the thousands of runners, Mike and JK, who each had a picture of Pete on the back of his shirt, spotted a girl in a "4 Pete" shirt, who turned out to be Jackie. Congratulations to Mike, JK, and Jackie on completing the grueling run!
The annual Winchester High School Alumni Basketball Game was dedicated in part to Peter. Each team wore shirts with P.W.F. printed on the back. Over 20 alumni showed up to play in the game (including Chris), as well as a significant crowd to support the game. Mark Sullivan and Kirk Minihane spear-headed the fundraising effort and were able to make a nice donation to the Peter French Memorial Foundation.
Jackie Carr ran the 26.2-mile Chicago Marathon in memory of Peter. She also plans to run the Boston Marathon in the spring, again in his memory. A huge thank you and congrats to Jackie for her amazing accomplishment!
The McCall students of 2001-2002 dedicated a bench in the front of McCall Middle School in Winchester (of which Mr. French is the principal) in loving memory of Peter. Members of the 2002 graduating 8th Grade Student Council, the Student Council Advisors, and McCall parents participated in the dedication, as well as Mr. and Mrs. French.
Shaun Oliver and Amy Hall (as "Team Frenchy") raised more than $1,800 for the American Heart Association in memory of Peter by participating in the American Heart Walk, a 6-mile walk through Boston.
The annual Winchester Junior Tennis Tournament was held in memory of Peter. The article in the local papers stated: "This year's tournament will be dedicated to the memory of Peter French. Peter was a past winner of the tournament in both singles and doubles. Peter was a good tennis player, but most importantly he set a great example by his good sportsmanship and good behavior both on and off the tennis court. He will be missed by all who played tennis with him, as well as all who knew him."