New Smyrna Beach Rotary Will Honor Ashley Baker, Former FSS Resident


New Smyrna Beach, FL - Next Wednesday (April 21) at noon, the New Smyrna Beach Rotary Club will present First Step Shelter (FSS) with $1,200 to be used for Ashley's Ride, a transportation program that honors former resident Ashley Baker.

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Kevin Para, a member of the NSB Rotary Club, came up with the idea for Ashley's Ride a few weeks after Baker's death. The organization also donated $2,050 to help the Baker family offset costs for Ashley’s funeral expenses.

Ashley's Ride To Benefit First Step Shelter Residents

According to Victoria Fahlberg, Executive Director of First Step Shelter, “We are extremely grateful for all of the support the shelter and Ashley’s family has received from the New Smyrna Beach Rotary Club.  Their support will enable more of our residents to safely get to work and back until they earn enough to pay for their own transportation.”  Kevin Para, of the NSB Rotary Club, said, "Ashley's fate touched so many of us in a deep and profound way.  Ashley's Ride, born out of this tragedy, is a vehicle for positive change in people's lives." 

If you'd like to donate to Ashley's Ride to help residents at FSS, you can do so online at or by texting the word "GIVE" to 386-603-9207. You can add a note indicating your gift is for Ashley's Ride.


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