UNION — A cheer camp for little girls raised more than $700 for a foundation established in memory of a murdered Union County High School cheerleader.
The Marisha Sharay Jeter Scholarship Foundation was created in memory of Marisha Sharay Jeter, who was killed in January 2008. The foundation awards a $1,000 scholarship each year to a Union County High School graduate.
A cheer camp was held Aug. 3 and Aug. 4 at the Union County Recreation Department to raise funds for the foundation.
The camp was hosted by Jessica Sherbert who said 42 little girls participated in the event which featured USC Gamecock cheerleaders and the UCHS cheerleaders.
“The USC Gamecock cheerleaders did a meet and greet with the participants and then photos with the girls and their families,” Sherbert said. “The Union County High School cheerleaders came and did fun cheers with the girls and then performed cheers and dances they learned at their summer camp.”
Sherbert said the two USC cheerleaders participating in the camp were Meredith Marlow, a sophomore majoring in Exercise Science, and Ashley Patrick, a junior majoring in Elementary Education.
Also present were Candice Jeter, Brittany Peake, Drew Ransom, Brittany Moss, Blair O’Shields, and Jordan Bright who Sherbert said were friends of and had been cheerleaders with Marisha. She said they volunteered to assist with the camp along with Terri Renna, former Union High Cheer coach.
Sherbert said Marisha’s parents, Manning and Maretta Jeter, also attended the camp along with their newest granddaughter, Akyrie Cherae Jeter.
The cheer camp raised $761 which Sherbert said will go toward the next scholarship award.
Sherbert said the following individuals and organizations sponsored the camp:
1. 1st Franklin Financial
2. Holcombe Funeral Home
3. Harold Lemaster
4. TBA Construction
5. Professional Help Computer Service
6. Twist and Shout
7. Stephen and Stephanie Russell
9. Union County Recreation Department
10. Crisp and Son
11. Oscar Gist