LANCASTER – A memorial fundraiser to support a scholarship in Destiny Tennison’s name will be held this coming Sunday (April 7) in Lancaster.
Tennison, a 22-year-old single mother of two, was killed in a DUI crash on February 25 on Avenue I, near 15th Street East, in Lancaster.
Tennison was a passenger in a vehicle that was traveling eastbound on Avenue I, when it skidded through an intersection and crashed into a traffic signal pole. Tennison was pronounced dead at the scene.
Andres Rubidoux, the 24-year-old father of Tennison’s children, was charged with murder, driving without a license and three felony DUI charges in connection with the crash. He pleaded no contest last week to lesser charges, including gross vehicular manslaughter while intoxicated and felony DUI causing injury. Rubidoux is currently jailed without bail and is due back in court on April 16 for sentencing.
About a month after the fatal crash, Tennison’s relatives joined local activists and law enforcement officials in a press conference to warn the community about the dangers of drinking and driving.
At the time, Rosa Tennison said her family was working to create a scholarship that would carry on her daughter’s name in a positive way.
Sunday’s event is the first in a series of fundraisers aimed at supporting the Destiny Tennison scholarship, which would help an economically disadvantaged single mother pursue a nursing degree at Antelope Valley College. Tennison wanted to become a nurse and she was taking steps to pursue her goal before she passed away, her mother said.
The Destiny Tennison memorial scholarship fundraiser will be held from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday (April 7) at the Underground Bowling Lounge at BeX, located at 706 Lancaster Boulevard.
Dr. Miguel Suarez Coronado and his organization, Agents of Change, along with the Tennison family are hosting the fundraiser. Fifteen percent of whatever is spent at the bowling lounge during the event will be donated to the scholarship, Coronado said. The group will also be accepting personal donations for the scholarship during the event.
Coronado said he is working with Antelope Valley College to identify a student to benefit from the scholarship, which could be presented as early as this summer.
“We want to keep Destiny’s memory alive and also to bring awareness to the community about the dangers of drinking and driving and texting and driving,” Coronado said, adding that the event is also in recognition of April’s Distracted Driving Awareness Month.
The Tennison family has created a separate online fundraiser with the goal of raising $3,000 to assist the two young children that Tennison left behind. To donate to this cause, visit http://www.gofundme.com/destinysbabys.
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