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On the evening of October 3rd, thousands gathered at Farmingdale High School’s stadium field to celebrate the lives of two remarkable women, Gina Pelletieri and Bea Ferrari.
The outpouring of love and support from the community was a true testament to Ms. P and Bea's impact on the people around them. The evening was an opportunity to come together, celebrate the lives of these two exceptional women, and offer support to the Aldieri, Ferrari, LoPresto, and Pelletieiri families.
Banners, posters, cards, flowers, and pictures were displayed behind the endzone and were a sight to behold. People could see firsthand the impact that Ms. P and Bea had on many lives. The tributes were presented as gifts to the families at night's end.
The turnout for the vigil was impressive, with the community standing shoulder to shoulder. Several of Ms. P’s colleagues and student musicians performed. Loved ones shared memories and stories. Students spoke about Ms. P and the impact she had on their lives. Farmingdale Superintendent of Schools Paul Defendini talked about the outpouring of support by the community during this difficult time.
“I am often asked, “What is a Daler?” I have never been able to answer that question fully until tonight. Looking out at this crowd, knowing what you have done in service to others, the answer has suddenly become entirely uncomplicated. What is a Daler? We are. We are Dalers, and as a husband, a father, a son, a friend, a coach, and a humble helper to the Farmingdale Community, I can say without any pretense or reservation that I love our Daler family. I look forward to all the days when we can continue to make our angels proud. I look forward to showing the world what is possible with unconditional compassion and love.”
Community Vigil Honoring the Lives of Two Special Women