COLUMBUS (WCMH) — The family of an OSU student kidnapped and raped after she left her waitressing job in the Short North is celebrating her life and helping others.
It’s been two years since Reagan Tokes died.
Her mom tells NBC4 an annual event to raise funds for a foundation in Reagan’s name is what helps them move on.
This year is the second year for the event. The first was held in Reagan’s hometown of Maumee, Ohio.
The memorial foundation has so far awarded nine scholarships.
At Friday’s gala, there is a dinner and silent auction. A safety defense conference takes place Saturday.
Kirsten Hall lived with Reagan Tokes in an off-campus apartment and was one of her closest friends. Hall said the mission of the gala is a perfect match for its namesake.
“Her goal in life was to help people so through the scholarship and self defense we’re able to do that, which is exactly what she would have wanted,” said Hall.