Local Cola Nov. 6-8: Remembering a lost friend

Hailey Bordeaux has been gone for more than a year now. The University of South Carolina student was 21 when she died July 4, 2014, in a boating wreck police say was caused by the reckless driver of another boat. Hailey Bordeaux is gone, but the friends whose lives she touched are making sure she will not be forgotten.

Hailey Bordeaux and Hank (photo provided)

Hailey Bordeaux and Hank (photo provided)

“She loved hunting and fishing,” said Maddie Ballengee, Hailey’s classmate at the University of South Carolina and sorority sister in Phi Mu. Ballengee is leading the group of Hailey’s friends organizing the second annual Hailey Bordeaux Memorial Fishing Tournament, which starts Sunday at 11 a.m. at Dreher Island State Park.

“There’s no better way to honor her,” Ballengee said. All proceeds from the event go toward a scholarship fund which will help future USC students who want to become teachers. “One of her passions was teaching,” Ballengee said.

The tournament will have something for expert fishermen and women and for those who’ve never baited a hook. The event will include music, cornhole and other games, and food and drinks for sale. Prizes will be awarded for biggest and smallest fish and oldest and youngest fisher.

“We just want to have a good time on the lake,” Ballengee said. Hailey’s family and her beagle, Hank, will be there. Organizers also are asking guests to bring children’s books, which will be donated to a local elementary school class in Hailey’s memory. “She loved working with kids,” Ballengee said.

The idea for the fishing tournament came from Phi Mu sisters exchanging memories of Hailey and how to honor her legacy.

“I think there were so many things that made her an amazing person, but her passion for teaching, her love for people, and her desire to be outdoors made her exceptional,” said Caitlin Deltgen, a close friend and Phi Mu sister. “She is deeply missed every single day, but it is her legacy that she has left behind to inspire others to love wholeheartedly.”

Ballengee, also a close friend of Hailey’s, volunteered to chair the event this year.

“I decided this would be a great opportunity to give back to her family,” Ballengee said. “Hailey was a very sweet person. She was a good friend to everyone.”

Deltgen agreed, calling Hailey “a selfless friend who always put others before herself. She was the person everyone aspired to be like.”

Tickets for the tournament are available online. Those unable to attend can purchase a T-shirt commemorating the event. Orders will be taken through Sunday, and can be placed here.

Other events this weekend:

  • Shine a Light on Lung Cancer: Thursday, 5 p.m., more details here
  • Harry Potter: The Boy Who Lived ballet Friday-Sunday, more details here
  • Straight Outta South Carolina Zumba fitness party, Saturday 10 a.m., details here
  • 45th Annual Revolutionary War Field Days, Saturday and Sunday, details here

Check out the Local Cola calendar for still more. You can also submit your own events for the calendar here.

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