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Richmond restaurant raises money for mother of waitress killed in ATV crash

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Posted at 4:57 PM, Sep 19, 2014
and last updated 2014-09-19 17:01:20-04

RICHMOND, Va. —  “She was so full of life. She was friends with everybody.”

This is how heartbroken mother Sherry Ski remembers daughter Kelly. Kelly Ski died on September 4, four days after she suffered a head injury in an ATV accident in Powhatan County.

Ski, 32, worked as a server at P.F. Chang’s located at Stony Point Fashion Park. On Friday, her friends at the restaurant decided to donate their tips to Kelly’s mother in an effort to help her during these difficult days.

“Today my team is going to donate 100 percent of their tips to help Kelly’s family handle her final expenses,” P.F. Chang’s operations manger Emily Kunda said. “As terrible as the whole thing has been, the staff showed how incredibly strong and compassionate they can be.”

Ski worked at the Richmond restaurant for about a year and a half, Kunda said.

Donations at the restaurant can be made until 11 p.m. Friday night. The family established a website that also accepts donations.

“Kelly was truly someone that loved love and celebrated life,” Kunda said. “She was crazy and fun and so full of faith. She laughed often and made sure to tell those around her how much she loved them. Please keep her family and friends in your thoughts and prayers.”

Ski was on life support several days before her passing. Sherry Ski said Kelly was an organ donor and her organs have already saved two other lives.