The Davis Odd Fellows have established a scholarship to honor and remember fallen Davis Police Officer Natalie Corona and the event will begin with a concert on “224.”
Corona is remembered for her dedication to law enforcement, her service to her community, her hard work, and her spirit of cooperation inspiring her colleagues and the community, according to Yolo County Superior Court Judge David Reed, who is heading up the committee planning a concert along with future fundraising drives.
Corona, 22, was shot and killed on January 10 in Davis while assisting at an accident scene. The shooter was later found by responding police, but took his life before he could be arrested. She had only recently been sworn in to active duty and been working on her own for only a matter of weeks.
A public memorial service held at UC Davis on Jan. 18 drew thousands of people in law enforcement as well as across the state, including area congressional representatives and Gov. Gavin Newsom.
The planned concert is scheduled for Sunday, Feb. 24, or “224,” which was Corona’s badge number.
“The Natalie Corona Odd Fellows Scholarship will be awarded to students from Davis and Arbuckle pursuing a career in law enforcement seeking to further her ideals of excellence and service,” stated Reed.
An endowment fund has been created to fund the scholarship annually.
“The Odd Fellows’ goal is to make the endowment fund self-sustaining to enable the scholarship program to continue perpetually,” Reed noted.
Money contributed during the concert, or at future fundraising events, will be directed to the Davis Odd Fellows Helping Hands, Inc., a nonprofit corporation. Donations can be made online at davislodge.org. Contributions may be tax-deductible.
“Music for Natalie,” is scheduled to start at the Odd Fellows Lodge in downtown Davis at 2:24 p.m. It will continue through 5:30 p.m. Bands scheduled to perform include Big Poppies, Boot Juice and Jimmy Toor. The event itself is free, although people are welcome to make contributions or learn more about the scholarship drive.
The upstairs portion of the Lodge at 415 Second St., Davis, will feature the three bands, while the lower hall of the Lodge will feature be a place where people can share their feelings about Corona as well as purchase beer if desired.
Food trucks are scheduled to be located outside the Lodge.
“We anticipate that this project will have many faces with different events and ventures and may evolve over time,” stated Reed. “A lot will depend on the success of our initial fund-raising and whether we will need annual fund-raising events to maintain the project.”
The Odd Fellows effort is different from other fundraisers being held for Corona in that those are designed to raise money to assist the family. The Feb. 24 event is geared entirely toward scholarships in Corona’s memory.