Reach Out.......

In Loving Memory of Carly Ferro

Work with members in our community and make a difference. 

For more than 3 years, The Purple Angel Foundation has devoted its energy to passionately advocating for the community and being kinder than necessary.  Find out how you can contribute to the future of our community and the kind efforts we are hoping to continue.   

Donations accepted.  Please mail directly to Merchants Bank             24 Laverne Dr

    286 US Rt. 7          OR   Rutland, VT

    Rutland, VT 05701                    05701

​​Purple Angel Foundation

do the right thing

Penny Lienhardt

Co Founder of Purple 

Angel Foundation

Sam Ferro

Co Founder of Purple 

Angel Foundation


A Vermont Golf Association scholarship was awarded to a young lady in 2013.  She will receive a special 4 year scholarship towards her college career of $1,500 per year.  Carly's passion was golf and would have pursued playing during her college years and past.

A Purple Angel Foundation Award has been established at Rutland High School for $1,000 per year.  The award is given to a senior who has been nominated and voted upon by the teachers.  The criteria includes community service, kindness, tolerance, perseverance, and a joy of life. This will be an on going award with the donation from Carly's Nannie (maternal grandmother).

The story

In September 2012, when leaving her job, Carly was hit by a speeding car. The driver of the car has been incarcerated since the accident and has been charged with second degree murder. He was convicted of involuntary manslaughter but on a felony count of a gross negligent operation of a motor vehicle with death resulting and two counts of gross negligent operation of a motor vehicle with serious injury. He was alleged to be huffing chemicals and driving under the influence. His car was traveling at a high speed when he hit a car that hit Carly.  She had traumatic injuries that she was unable to survive.  She died about 2 hours after the accident.  She is survived by her brother Sam, her mother Ellen, her step mother Penny, her father Ron, cousins, aunts, uncles, grandparents and many friends.  The community of Rutland has been a great support to the family and The Purple Angel Foundation was formed to give back to the community and keep Carly's sheer joy for life alive. 

Ellen Miller

Co Founder of Purple Angel Foundation

spread happiness


Carly truly enjoyed giving back and paying it forward. She was an active member of The Key Club at school and truly enjoyed all the volunteer activities.  The Purple Angel Foundation will continue her mission to be kind and tolerant.  We are putting Little Free Libraries around Rutland so that all children will have free and easy access to books. Carly had a very strong work ethic and there will be a mural painted on the side of the building in which she worked.  The artist is Tara Goreau who is a Vermont muralist from the Burlington area.  See photos on next page, What We Do.

The motto of The Purple Angel Foundation is: "Be kinder than necessary."  We continue to strive to do kind things every day.

                            "Be Kinder Than Necessary"


care for others