If you attended any of the livestock shows at this year’s Osceola County Fair, you may have seen some of the 4-H youth wearing purple ribbons or armbands. Those armbands were worn to honor and remember their fellow 4-H friend Victoria “Tori” King, a 16-year-old St. Cloud girl who was critically hurt in a car accident on her way home after tending to her animals only days before the fair. She was airlifted to Orlando Regional Medical Center, and although she fought hard, she eventually passed away from her injuries.
As another show of support for the King family, a silent auction was set up by a number of 4-H friends and family in the KVLS conference room throughout the fair as a fundraiser for King’s family. By the end of the Fair, the silent auction had already raised over $39,000, surely a testimony to the mark that Tori King had made on her 4-H friends and the entire KVLS family.
“It was such a tragic loss for everyone here at KVLS and for all involved with 4-H, but to see how her friends and KVLS surrounded her family and came together to help, was truly inspirational,” said Kasey Puckett, staff member at KVLS.
Anyone interested in contributing to the King family may still do so by calling the Osceola County Fair/KVLS at 321-697-3050.