Log In   ·   Become A Member

The Ana Castro Memorial Scholarship Fund Launches With Raffle To Honor Southampton Teen Tragically Killed In El Salvador

The unexpected loss of any life can be unbearable, however, many would agree that the loss of a child or young person may be the cruelest loss of all. Ana Castro, a Southampton High School senior, was tragically killed just two days before Christmas in 2018, having just celebrated her 18th birthday. She instantly died in an automobile accident in San Miguel during the holiday break while visiting El Salvador. That this loss was due to the actions of a drunk driver who hit the vehicle occupied by Castro, her aunt and cousins perhaps makes it even harder to bear at the senselessness of such a tragedy.

Following more than two weeks of holiday celebrations in El Salvador and with the assistance of the U.S. Embassy, Ana's body was finally returned to her family for funeral services which were held on January 12, 2019, in Hampton Bays. However, the cost of bringing Ana home and final expenses created a major financial strain on her family. Her cousin, Jose Erik Ramirez, created a GoFundMe page to raise at least $18,000, and which ultimately raised in excess of $25,000.

Ana Castro, a Southampton High School senior, was tragically killed just two days before Christmas in 2018. (Photo: Courtesy Photo)

Additionally, Dr. Melissa Mitchell and Mrs. Saundra Dubin of Southampton High School (SHS) have originated The Ana Castro Memorial Scholarship Fund which has been established by a committee of both teachers and students who were close to the dedicated student to honor her potential and motivation, which was leading this young lady to be the first in her family to not only graduate high school, but also to attend college. Right before her passing, she had been accepted to Long Island University and granted a scholarship. The Fund has launched a Spring Raffle taking place every Friday from March 22 through May 17. Tickets can be purchased in the Main Office of SHS at a cost of $20 for one or $30 for three or by visiting anacastrofund.com.

The mission of The Scholarship Fund, is to "Raise money to be given each year at Southampton High School to a graduating senior who exhibits similar qualities that Ana possessed. Those would be kindness, compassion, the ability to overcome great obstacles and to rise above in light of struggles and do so with grace and dignity. The recipient would also be a student who would be the first in their family to go to college, just like Ana would have been," according to Dr. Mitchell.

With the appreciation of Ana's family and the generosity of local area businesses, including Starbucks, Flying Point, Petit Blue, Citarella, Hampton Coffee, Kevin Maple Salon, Tennis East, Fudge Company, the Larry Rivers Foundation, Little Lucy's, Bean to Tween, Little Bird Spa, Jobs Lane Gastro Pub, La Parmagiana, Golden Pear, the Publick House, John Dillon, Dr. James Brady, La Carezza, White's Pharmacy, Whitmores, Fowlers, Herricks, Tenet, J. McLaughlin, Southampton Books, Hildreths, Hill Street Boxing, East End Row, Gubbins, Stevensons, Sag Harbor Pharmacy and others, it is fervently hoped that this Raffle and scholarship will keep the memory of this young lady in the hearts and minds of both her community and Scholarship recipients for many years to come.

For a further list of prizes and to purchase tickets, go to anacastrofund.com. If you are interested in supporting the Fund and becoming a donor, please contact Dr. Mitchell at 631-466-8129 or via the website, anacastrofund.com.

Eileen Casey spent many years working in the television and music industries in New York City on the "ABC In Concert" weekly series, as well as several prime time network and cable television specials. An award-winning journalist, editor, and artist, and former Editor-in-Chief of Hamptons.com, she enjoys staying warm in Charleston and cool in the Hamptons.

Related Articles:

Be the first to comment on this article. (Just fill out the form below)

Submit Your Comment

Please note, you are not currently logged in. Your comment will be submitted as a guest.
To submit your comment as a member, please click here.
Your Name:
* Comments will be reviewed and posted in a timely fashion
* All fields are required
Please type the word 'water'
(For spam prevention, thanks)
East End Tick Control
The East End's only New York State licensed dedicated tick and mosquito control specialists!

Hamptons Carpet One Floor & Home
We pay less,and so do you.With over 1,000 stores in our buying group, we can get the lowest prices from the best flooring manufacturers — and pass the savings on to you.Visit our other locations: Hamptons Carpet One Floor & Home, 675 North Sea Road,Southampton, NY 11968

Southampton Masonry-Visiting the Southampton or the Wainscott locations is an exciting experience.
Southampton Masonry has been serving Long Island's masonry and tile needs since 1975. Delivering quality products from Manhattan to Montauk for over three decades. The company's continued success is due primarily to their number one priority: customer satisfaction, with a promise of prompt and courteous service from the professional, knowledgeable staff. Southampton Masonry has the largest inventory on the east end. As direct importers they can offer a large variety of the finest quality products at the most competitive pricing for both your interior and exterior projects.

CP Complete- Landscape Design & Construction
Paul Guillo And Chris Hall Two Of The Most Respected Names In The Community Together, they are partners in CP Complete. They bring their years of experience and integrity to creating and renovating luxury backyards.

Hamptons luxury real estate specialist for 33 years, Andrea Ackerman offers outstanding expertise in the field.
Hamptons luxury real estate specialist for 34 years, Andrea Ackerman offers outstanding expertise in the field. Trusted, experienced and successful, Andrea has solidified herself as the go-to broker of the Hamptons and a wholehearted advocate for her clients. A pioneer in the real estate industry on the East End of Long Island, she is driven by her passion for the business. Andrea is based in the Bridgehampton office of Brown Harris Stevens as a licensed real estate associate broker and consultant. Formerly, a principal partner and Senior Director at Brown Harris Stevens, Andrea now assists in developing their corporate strategy for the Hamptons region, advising other brokers and sales associates, as well as being one of the top producers and listors.

Southrifty Drug 54 Jagger Lane, Southampton Village
Southrifty Drug is a small, neighborhood pharmacy with limited shelf space, and we have to be very selective about which over-the-counter items we carry. As a result you'll find a no nonsense concentration of very effective, high quality and useful products on our shelves. In this new section, we feature a number of these products that we feel are especially worthy of your consideration.

Burner Law Group, P.C.
Burner Law Group, P.C. are full service elder law attorneys concentrating in the areas of Estate Planning, Trust and Estate Administration and Litigation, Special Needs Planning, Guardianship and Elder Law. Offices in East Setauket‚ NY, Westhampton Beach, NY, and New York, NY.

Calissa is Mykonos in the Hamptons.
Our menu focuses on seafood and Greek dishes such as salt baked fish, seafood pasta and Mediterranean mezze. Our wine list has been awarded The Award of Excellence from Wine Spectator and boasts the largest selection of rosé in the Hamptons. The name Calissa is derived from the brightest constellation in the summer sky.Our sister restaurants in New York are Amali and Bar Marseille, opening 2020 in the Rockaways. Calissa offers private dining spaces for groups from 10 to 300 people. To plan your next wedding, corporate event or gathering, please email events@calissahamptons.com. 1020 MONTAUK HIGHWAY, WATER MILL

Suburban Propane in Bridgehampton, New York has been serving proudly supporting our community for 90 years.
Suburban Propane has been serving the energy needs for home owners and business in the Hampton’s for decades. We offer friendly service by local professionals you know and trust, plus the peace of mind that comes from knowing we are among the leaders in the industry for safety.

WordHampton Public Relations
We build client revenues and reputations. Our reputation is built on delivering a strong media presence and, as a result, demand for our clients' offerings, resulting in a positive impact on sales. Successful campaigns start with understanding the goals of our clients and developing a customized strategy that will achieve those objectives.

Spanish Maven was founded by Marisa Ramirez.
Spanish Maven was founded by Marisa Ramirez after she experienced learning English as a second language upon relocating to New York.

Big Brunch Box-delivered in The Hamptons
BIG BRUNCH BOX. Your favorite gourmet brunch foods for weekend eating with friends and family, ordered with ease and conveniently dropped at your doorstep in The Hamptons every Friday with fanatical attention to quality.

Long Island Cares, Inc.
While distributing nutritious food to our Nassau and Suffolk County neighbors is the heart of Long Island Cares, we’re more than just a food bank. We’re one of the region’s most comprehensive hunger assistance organizations, and there are many other ways we can help you and your loved ones.