Saint Mary’s community has unanimously chosen Sabrina Bushlack to be honored as this year’s recipient of the annual Taylor Richmond Benefit Dance (TRBD).
The Saint Mary’s University community was shocked this past July when one of its own, Bushlack, was involved in a car crash in which she suffered critical injuries. Bushlack is a very active member of the Saint Mary’s community. She is biochemistry major and is on both the volleyball and track teams. Since the accident, Sabrina has been defying the odds as she continues her rehab, getting stronger every day.
“There are a lot of different things going on in our community, but I was happy that we had lots of nominations and they were all for Sabrina,” said Nikki Richmond, mother of Taylor Richmond who the dance is named after. “The community and her peers were the ones that choose her and I am very proud of that.”
Nominations are accepted from all SMU community members who are willing to nominate someone. Then, the TRBD Committee that plans the event chooses the recipient who will receive all the money collected from the event.
“I’m seriously astonished and entirely grateful, and it means a lot to me and my family,” said Bushlack. “It’s something I never dreamed of and never would have expected.”
The TRBD is a formal dance that began in 2001 and is now entering its thirteenth year, fittingly matching the thirteen that Bushlack wore on her SMU volleyball jersey. The dance will take place on March 23 at 8 p.m. in SMU’s gymnasium. It is always very well attended by the entire SMU community.