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2nd Annual Jason Ray Brunch Set For Sunday

CHAPEL HILL – The 2nd Annual Ray of Hope Brunch is Sunday at The Carolina Club to honor former UNC mascot Jason Ray. He was the victim of a hit-and-run accident in 2007.

Jason’s mother, Charlotte Ray, says it’s a chance to celebrate her son. Because Jason was an organ donor, the Ray family started the Jason Ray Foundation.

“It was really hard for us to lose Jason. But, we thought and thought of what we could do. We’re hoping that helping other people will show that there is some good that can come of Jason’s death,” said Charlotte.

The brunch begins at 11:30 a.m. and lasts till 2 p.m. In addition to brunch, there will be a silent and live auction. Proceeds will benefit the Jason Ray Foundation and the families of transplant patients at UNC Hospitals.

Jason was traveling with the men’s basketball team at the NCAA Regional in New Jersey, when a car struck him as he was walking back from getting dinner. Jason died three days after the accident.

March 23 was the sixth anniversary of his death.

If the group can raise a million dollars to increase awareness and aid organ donation, the UNC Center for Transplant Care Clinic will be named in Jason’s memory. The Foundation has raised about $200,000 so far.

“That’s going to be a wonderful thing if we can do it because it’ll help so many people. And you never know who it could help – or someone in their family,” Charlotte Ray said.

Tickets are $50 each and sponsorships are available.

“I’m just so excited by the people that want to participate, the people who want to help,” Charlotte Ray said.

April is Organ Donation Awareness Month.

Click here for ticket information.

If you would like to be seated with friends at the brunch, email jrayorg@aol.com with the names of your friends.

For sponsorship information, please email marycarey@nc.rr.com.

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Saturday Marks 6th Anniversary Of Former UNC Mascot’s Passing

CHAPEL HILL – Saturday is the sixth anniversary of former UNC mascot Jason Ray’s passing. Jason was the victim of a hit-and-run accident in 2007.

“It does not get any easier. It feels like when I say he’s been gone six years, it feels like it’s been 60,” said Charlotte Ray, Jason’s mother.

Jason was traveling with the men’s basketball team at the NCAA Regional in New Jersey, when a car struck him as he was walking back from getting dinner. Jason died three days after the accident. Because Jason was an organ donor, the Ray family started the Jason Ray Foundation.

“What we tried to do was take something that was so bad and so terrible and try to make something good out of it,” Charlotte said.

If the group can raise a million dollars to increase awareness and aid organ donation, the UNC Center for Transplant Care Clinic will be named in Jason’s memory. The Foundation has raised $200,000 so far.

“He has really opened doors for people,” Charlotte said. “There are more people that have put their little red heart on their driver’s license to be donors. And so many people that I see will say, ‘Charlotte, I’m an organ donor now thanks to your son.’”

Coming up on Sunday, April 28, the Foundation is hosting the 2nd Annual “Ray of Hope Brunch.” Plates are $50 and the money will go to raising money for the Jason Ray Foundation.

JasonRay.org is where you can purchase a ticket to the brunch.

April is Organ Donation Awareness Month.

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