The Calvert Drive-In theater will have a celebration of the life of Bailey Holt on Tuesday, what would have been her 16th birthday, with a special showing of her favorite movie, "Ferris Bueller's Day Off," which was released 16 years before she was born.
Holt and Preston Cope were killed during a shooting at Marshall County High School on the morning of Jan. 23. Both were 15. Fourteen others were wounded.
Family and friends want Holt's 16th birthday to be a day of celebration and fond memories, choosing her favorite site and favorite movie.
"We wanted something cheery and upbeat," said Holt's aunt, Tracy Tubbs, who helped to organize the event. "We just thought, 'What would Bailey do? What would she want to do on her birthday?' and without a doubt, she was always at the drive-in.
"We have said (before) that she is just an old soul. She liked all of those older movies, and she loved that movie, so we thought we would reach out to the drive-in and...(the drive-in manager) was just absolutely onboard 100 percent."
Tubbs explained that Holt was a child of the '80s at heart, enjoying that era's movies and music.
She said that Holt was "a very family-oriented person" who "wanted to be with her friends or her family," so she would go to the drive-in theater during the summer when it was open, making it the ideal place to have this celebration.
The gates at the drive-in will open at 4:30 p.m. A balloon release by her parents, Jason and Secret Holt, is scheduled for 7:30 p.m., with the movie to start around 8:05 p.m., or shortly after sundown. Admission is $5, with those age 11 or younger getting in free. Admission proceeds will benefit the Bailey Holt Memorial Nursing Scholarship at Murray State University.
Tubbs said several cakes have been donated from the public and several area stores so those in attendance can enjoy birthday cake.
"It's going to be short and sweet, but something that's upbeat and fun, to get us through the difficult day," she said. "We're really going to celebrate her life - everything that she meant to us and her friends and just keep her memory alive and her legacy alive.
"I hope the community comes out. I believe they will. ... It's our way of keeping her alive."
The first couple of rows of the drive-in will be reserved for family, and volunteers taking money at the gate will include the nurses who worked on Holt at the school that day.
Those wanting to give to the Bailey Holt Memorial Fund at CFSB of Benton can do so by visiting www.cfsbky.com and scrolling down to the "Interested in community giving?" link or mailing donations to Bailey Holt Memorial Fund, c/o CFSB, P.O. Box 467, Benton, KY 42025.
Tubbs said that Cope's memorial fund is also available at the bank. She said that both families have become kindred spirits after the tragedy, helping each other get through it.
"Preston and Bailey had been together since kindergarten, and they had been through this (tragedy) together," she said. "One of the saddest parts of the day of her funeral was, they were right behind each other in the (funeral procession), and at one point in Draffenville, they had to part.
"It was hard on all of us because that was the last time, physically, that they were together. We know spiritually that they are."
Those interested in donating to the Bailey Holt Memorial Nursing Scholarship can visit murraystate.edu/giving to make a secure gift online. Checks made payable to the MSU Foundation should include "Bailey Holt Scholarship" in the memo line and can be mailed to Murray State's Office of Development at 200 Heritage Hall, Murray, KY 42071.
Donors can also call toll-free at 1-877-282-0033 to give.
Information about the scholarship can be obtained by calling the MSU School of Nursing at 270-809-2193.
The Calvert Drive-In is at 111 Drive-In Lane in Calvert City off of Ky. 95 south of U.S. 62 near the Interstate 24/69 junction. For more information about the drive-in, call 270-395-4660 or visit calvertdrivein.com.