Event to benefit scholarship



Victoria Solarek

Victoria Solarek

A fundraiser is being planned to raise money for a scholarship to be given in the name of Victoria Solarek.

Solarek, 20, was a 2020 Port Aransas High School graduate who was killed in a car accident in South Carolina on July 24. The accident also took the lives of her parents, Brian C. Solarek, 54, and Michelle Solarek, 52.

The Solareks had been traveling to their home at Ponte Vedra Beach, Florida, after a family trip together.

The fundraiser will be on Sunday, Nov. 20 at Doyle Marek Gym at Port Aransas High School, 100 S. Station St.

A three-on-three basketball tournament will start at 9 a.m. The charge will be $25 per team member. That will cover lunch and a jersey.

The basketball competitions will be divided into two divisions – studs and duds.

A three-point contest will start at noon. The charge will be $20 per person, including a T-shirt.

At 1 p.m. will be a cornhole tournament. The entry fee will be $25 per team. Two T-shirts will be provided.

A kids’ free-throw contest will be held between noon and 1 p.m. The cost will be $10 per child.

Organizers said the fundraiser will provide food, music and fun for folks all ages.

To register for the event, contact Amanda Windsor at (361) 739-3225 or Christine Kreutziger at (361) 442-5719.

Even if you don’t plan to attend the fundraiser, you can donate by making a check out to Port Aransas ISD and writing “Solarek Scholarship” on the memo line. Checks should be mailed to Port Aransas ISD, 100 S. Station St., Port Aransas, TX. 78373.

All proceeds will go to the Victoria Solarek Memorial Scholarship, which will be awarded when PAHS seniors graduate this spring and in the years to come, according to organizers.

The fundraiser and scholarship fund is being put together by a committee of folks who were close to Solarek: Kreutziger and her son, Logan Kreutziger, both of Port Aransas; and Windsor, a North Padre Island resident who formerly lived in Port Aransas and remains involved in volunteer work for Port Aransas schools.

The organizers said they plan to make the fundraiser an annual event.

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