Plaque that stands near a tree planted on SHU campus for Kaitlyn. The tree was planted by Kaitlyns Kappa Delta sorority sisters Christine, Katelyn, Katie, and Jessica.
Kaitlyn Doré Doorhy would be best described as a
hard-working, kind, and vivacious young woman.
Even at such a young age, a lifetime of
accomplishment sits steadily on her record.
Kait believed in something simple yet profound.
We are all given two hands, one for helping
ourselves, one for helping others. She excelled
A National Honor Society member turned Dean’s
list sorority girl, Kait’s life was cut short when she
was struck by a vehicle while walking on the
sidewalk near her school, Sacred Heart
University, shortly after returning for her junior
year in August of 2014. She was just 20 years old.
This dynamic young woman had been a Girl Scout ambassador, Distributive Education Club of America member, multi-sport athlete, blood drive committee member, member of her high school’s Booster Club, organizer of the local PTSA fashion show, and a New York State School Music Association soloist where she played saxophone, alto sax, flute and piano who participated in Music in the Parks and the National Youth Leadership Conference in Washington, D.C. in 2009.
Kaitlyn was also an avid participant in church at Sacred Heart Parish (Our Lady of Good Counsel R.C. Church in Mattituck, New York) where she had been an altar server, an oft volunteer at Maureen’s Haven homeless shelter. She even attained the rank of chief in the Navy Junior Reserve Officers Training Corps (NJROTC). Kait capped off her high school career in 2011 when she was awarded the title of Strawberry Queen at the annual Mattituck Lions Club Strawberry festival (see picture above). All of this while working as the manager of two restaurants; A Lure Oysteria in Southold, NY and Amano in Mattituck, NY, as well as a salesperson at Michael Kors.
As a final act of giving, Kaitlyn donated her organs so others could live.
With the idea of ensuring local young people have
every opportunity to seize this type of endless list
of accomplishment, Kaitlyn’s friends and family
founded Kait’s Angels shortly after her passing in
Kaitlin cared for her community and it's members
deeply. As Kait's Angels, it is our duty to protect
and enhance our community, as she would.
The town where Kaitlyn grew up and graduated high school, Mattituck, New York, is the first and founding chapter of Kait's Angels and serves its surrounding community within the North Fork of Long Island.
In October of 2014, The H.W. Wilson Foundation gave $100,000 to Sacred Heart University to establish an endowed scholarship in memory of Kaitlyn Doorhy. The scholarship will be given each year to a junior student from Long Island with financial need. It is anticipated that the first award will be given for the 2015-2016 academic year. Read more here.
Could your community or college campus use some angels? You can start a local chapter! If you're interested in starting a chapter of Kait's Angels, click here.
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