The foundation established in honor of slain University of Virginia lacrosse player Yeardley Love has raised $1 million to help fund a turf field and full scholarship to Love's high school alma mater, Notre Dame Preparatory School.
The One Love Foundation met its first fundraising goal of $500,000 in December, which secured a matching grant from the Houston-based Charles T. Bauer Foundation, according to NDP spokeswoman Cami Colarossi.
"We are so grateful for the support of the community," said Sharon Love, Yeardley's mother.
The money will help convert Notre Dame Prep's grass playing field with artificial turf, a project set to cost roughly $1 million for construction and ongoing maintenance. The field will be named after Love.
The donations also create a scholarship funding one student's full tuition at the Towson prep school every four years.
"We are thrilled that thanks to the generosity of the Charles T. Bauer Foundation, future generations of need-based students will have the opportunity for an NDP education," Sharon Love said. "We all know how special NDP was to Yeardley, and think this is an amazing tribute to her."
Nearly 700 people showed up to the most recent fundraising event, which was held on the NDP campus on Jan. 1, 2011. A couple weeks ago, dozens of people gathered in the District for a fundraising cocktail hour at Third Edition in Georgetown, where tickets cost roughly $70.
"They have been generous beyond words and so kind to our family," said Love's sister, Lexie. "What a wonderful tribute to Yeardley and a testament to the goodness in all of us."