One year later: Celebrating Dustin Blake with fundraiser for scholarship

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MANCHESTER, NH — The community is invited to celebrate life and help raise money in memory of Dustin Blake, a Central High School student who died Aug. 4, 2017 from a rare undiagnosed genetic disorder.

His family, determined to keep Dustin’s creative spirit alive, has spent the past year figuring out how best to do that. His grandmother, Dolores Blake, has taken the lead in organizing a scholarship fund in his memory, and a special fundraising event, Celebrating Dustin, is set for  Saturday at the Unitarian Universalist Church of Manchester, 669 Union St. From 2-6 p.m.

The Dustin Blake Performing Arts Scholarship Foundation was established to help boost the dreams of future graduating seniors of Central High School who are members of Maskers or the chorus/choir.

Dustin would have been an incoming junior at Central High School. He had been elected as Maskers’ president for the upcoming school year and elected vice president of the Central chorus/choir.

More information on the scholarship can be obtained through The Dustin Blake Performing Arts Scholarship Foundation, 603-860-9256, or through the guidance office at Central High School.

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