SUMMIT, NJ - Oak Knoll junior Kim Sargenti and her classmates joined together to hold a one-day bake sale to support the family of fallen Warren Hills quarterback Evan Murray. Murray, 17, passed away from injuries sustained during the Blue Streaks game against Summit September 25.
“All of us can relate to Evan in some way,” said Sargenti. “Several of us are athletes, and our teams play Warren Hills in competition.”

The more than $350 raised by the event at the all-girls middle/high school will be donated to a Go Fund Me page set up to help the Murray family pay for funeral costs and medical bills.

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In keeping with the spirit of service at Oak Knoll, baked goods that went unsold are being donated to the Market Street Mission in Morristown.

Sargenti said that after hearing of similar efforts at her brothers’ school, she knew Oak Knoll was the perfect place to start a fundraiser of her own.

“I know that Oak Knoll is a very giving community, so I thought what better place to do it than at my school,” she said. “Evan died so tragically. Why not do as much as we can do for his family?”

Sargenti said the sale was a good opportunity to involve her classmates and their families – between 10 and 15 students and their families took advantage of the long Columbus Day weekend to bake.

“I knew the girls and the faculty would love to be a part of this. Our entire basis is giving back. Cornelia Connelly, through her teachings, has shown us that,” she said. 

Upper School Division Head Jennifer Landis said Murray’s youth, in particular, hit home with Oak Knoll students who typically help those in need locally or people who live in other parts of the country and world.

“This is right in our own community and affects people that we know and love,” Landis said, adding that she’s become “surprisingly used to” her students hosting bake sales and other generous forms of service.

In less than three weeks, the Go Fund Me Page has already exceeded its goal of $50,000 by raising more than $65,000.