Stacey Peak Memorial Scholarship Fund
Stacey Peak was a live wire. Her magnificent fiery red hair and bright smile lit up rooms. When family, friends and co-workers describe vivacious Stacey, many phrases crop up in their stories–friendly, warm, adventurous and a young woman who embraced life. Stacey’s hair color is echoed in her mother’s darker burnished locks, but when you hear Bobbie describe her daughter, you know the light shining from Bobbie’s eyes is the same light that shone from Stacey’s.
Bobbie Peak, Stacey’s mother, describes a loving daughter and sister to Bobbie and Jack Peak’s other children. Stacey was the youngest of six. An older brother, Joe died in 1967 and Jack, Stacey’s father died when she was a freshman in high school. Bobbie’s other children, Toni, Judy, Phillip and Mike all describe Stacey as fun-loving and a wonderful sister who cared deeply for her family and her home town of Tell City Indiana.
Stacey’s free spirit took her from graduation at Tell City High School in 1983 and then from the University of Southern Indiana in 1989 on to Louisville, Kentucky to Houston, Texas and ultimately to the bright lights of New York City. Stacey lived at home with her Mom while attending school and worked part-time. This closeness cemented the already strong bond between mother and daughter. Eventually Stacey wanted to spread her wings a little further from home. She found a new job in Louisville, Kentucky as a power broker. This job of buying and reselling units of power such as natural gas and electric led to a career for Stacey. She moved on to a job in Houston, Texas and eventually to the big apple. Stacey worked as a power broker for Cantor Fitzgerald on the 105th floor of the World Trade Center. Tragically Stacey was lost to her family and friends, along with many of her co-workers on September 11, 2001.
After Stacey moved to New York, Bobbie wanted to learn more about the city Stacey called home and spend time with her daughter. Bobbie spent two weeks in New York City, while Stacey showed her all the sights. They had tickets for the exciting and long running Broadway show, Cats. Bobbie smiles quietly when she tells how after a long day of seeing the town, she sat in her seat in the darkened theater and dozed off against Stacey’s shoulder. Stacey, being the concerned daughter, woke her Mom up and asked her if she would like to go home. Bobbie would perk right up and tell her daughter, “No, I am having a wonderful time.” When Stacey’s mom describes the night for her siblings, she can’t resist telling them, “I bet our mother is the only person ever attending a Broadway show who fell asleep.” Bobbie laughs through her tears when she tells that story.
Bobbie knew that she wanted to do something lasting to memorialize her daughter, but wasn’t sure which avenue to take. She ultimately decided on a scholarship for students at Stacey’s alma mater, Tell City High School. She thought she might try to do the scholarship on her own, but after meeting with a family friend and banker, Rita Mahoney, she learned about the community foundation. Since Rita also served as a board member for the community foundation, Rita felt very comfortable introducing the still grieving mother to the Foundation concept. That is what sold Bobbie, “for good, for ever”. She and the rest of the family wanted a lasting tribute to her pretty, fun and bright daughter. She knew that the scholarship would do a wonderful thing for many generations of students and would last forever. It would also lift the burden of attempting to handle a scholarship fund on her own without the expertise of an organization experienced with such funds.