Cupcake event honors Carly Ferro’s 18th birthday
By Josh O’Gorman
STAFF WRITER | February 28,2013
Albert J. Marro / Staff Photo
Students, friends, family and community members gathered to frost 1,000 cupcakes they had baked in honor of schoolmate Carly Ferro, who was killed last fall. She would have turned 18 today.
Out of tragedy came something positive.
About 20 students and another dozen or so adults gathered Wednesday night in the Rutland High School library to frost cupcakes to hand out today in celebration of what would have been the 18th birthday of Carly Ferro.
The effort was borne from a suggestion from Ferro’s mother, Ellen Ferro, who wore her daughter’s favorite color, purple, as she watched the students frost and sprinkle cupcakes with the joy of children and the efficiency of an assembly line.
“What an incredible tribute to an incredible kid,” Ellen Ferro said. “Carly always made cupcakes for her friends’ birthdays and this is the give-back. It’s great to see something positive come out of this tragedy.”
In September, Ferro died after being struck by a parked car that was hit by another car allegedly driven by Alex W. Spanos, 23, of Rutland. Spanos is facing a second-degree murder charge and remains locked up in Rutland jail.
Ferro’s father, Ron Ferro, who was injured in the same crash that claimed his daughter’s life, also looked on as members of the community showed up with boxes of cupcakes.
“It’s just pretty incredible,” he said. “These kids are really amazing and my daughter would have been right there with them.”
Ferro was a member of the public-service group Rutland High Key Club, which organized the effort to hand out cupcakes today to all 1,000 students at the high school.
“She was a great person, a real fun-loving person,” said Emily Andrulat, Key Club president and high school senior, as she used a butter knife to spread white frosting across a box full of cupcakes.
Andrulat received 200 responses to her Facebook post asking people to wear purple today.
“We’re hoping to get recent graduates to wear purple on their college campuses,” she said.
Key Club member and high school junior Taylor Ampatiellos decorated the cupcakes with purple sprinkles as he expressed happy amazement at the community turnout.
“I honestly didn’t expect it to be this easy or for this many people to come,” he said. “We really need to thank the people who did the baking. I think it’s really great that we got the community to come out for this.”
Cheyenne Olson, who knew Ferro since seventh grade and was wearing Ferro’s earrings as she frosted cupcake after cupcake, reflected on the lessons learned from the tragedy.
“Life is short,” she said. “Just because someone’s gone doesn’t mean they’re not there.”