From Marc Lester in Anchorage -
Brooke McPheters was posthumously honored Thursday for her volunteer work at the Alaska Philanthropy Day award luncheon at the Hotel Captain Cook. The 15-year-old had volunteered with several Anchorage organizations, including the Salvation Army's Meals on Wheels program, The Children's Lunchbox, Anchorage Animal control, and others. She donated her hair five times to Locks of Love, which provides hairpieces to children who have lost hair due to a medical condition.
McPheters was killed Aug. 9 when, police say, a drunk driver struck her and 15-year-old Jordyn Durr as they walked along a bike path on Abbott Road. Stacey Graham has been charged with two counts of second-degree murder in the crash.
Retired Air Force Master Sgt. Keith Coulter accepted the award on McPheters' behalf. She was one of his students in the Junior ROTC program at South High School. Coulter said McPheters made an "epic" effort to volunteer her time.
"The more important thing was what she brought to my 110 other kids," Coulter said. "She was this catalyst. They saw what she did and they kind of followed her, and desperately wanted to be involved like she was."
The award ceremony was an event of the Association of Fundraising Professionals. Hear more from Coulter about what made McPheters a unique teen.