The Anne Bowe Memorial Garden Party was held Oct. 12 in honor of Anne Bowe, a TCU nursing major who died last summer.
Project Bliss, an organization that works to raise awareness and provide resources for those struggling with eating disorders, organized the event with help from Bowe’s family.
The garden party included an opportunity for attendees to help plant Bowe’s favorite flowers, tulips and gerbera daisies, in the garden of the Project Bliss house.
Caroline Hill, a senior nursing major and friend of Bowe’s, attended the party.
Hill wrote via email that friends and family of Bowe’s traveled all the way from Ohio to attend the memorial.
Bowe’s father spoke at the party just before those in attendance released lanterns into the night sky to represent “Anne’s shining light.”
Hill wrote that it is difficult to describe Bowe in words.
“As cliché as it sounds, [Bowe] really was the kind of person who could brighten a room simply by walking in,” Hill wrote. “She was the most caring, loving and loyal friend I have ever had the privilege to have.”
Those wishing to participate in the memorial were given the opportunity to purchase a customized brick to be placed in the memorial garden. The donations help to fund scholarships for those struggling with eating disorders so they can receive care from the Project Bliss house.
In addition to purchasing customized bricks, Project Bliss offers another way for people to get involved.
Team iAMBliss is a team of runners who are working to raise money for Project Bliss. iAMBliss will run its inaugural race Oct. 20 in the Columbus Marathon in Ohio.
According to the Run For Bliss website, the team has raised more than $21,000.
Team iAMBliss plans to participate in the spring 2014 Cowtown Marathon in Fort Worth with New Balance sponsoring the team.
“New Balance will provide marathon/half marathon training [to the team] and various iAMBliss goodies. Anyone who is interested in running the Cowtown is invited to join the iAMBliss team,” Hill wrote. “All the money goes toward Anne’s scholarship fund and to Project Bliss.”
For more information about Project Bliss and ways to get involved, visittheblissproject.com.