Carlee Alyse Wines, our dear daughter, sister, cousin, granddaughter, girlfriend and friend, was born on November 5, 1987. Raised in Manalapan, New Jersey, Carlee took advantage of all that life had to offer her and constantly strived to do more to broaden her experiences and challenge herself. Carlee's vibrant energy and warm sense of humor could brighten anyone’s day.
During her four years at Manalapan High School, Carlee made her presence known. A charismatic personality, dedicated student, gorgeous young woman, and kind heart, all of the 2,000+ students in the school knew her or wanted to meet her. Even at a young age, Carlee kept herself busy...just a sampling of her extracirricular activities included Student Council Vice President, Founder and Captain of the lacrosse team, and National Honor Society. Carlee was also named Homecoming Queen her senior year and coordinated Operation Sleighbells, a volunteer program where those involved collected and delivered gifts to sick children during the holiday season. In her down time, Carlee enjoyed knitting, crafting, running, and rocking out to Bon Jovi, usually with a Dunkin' Donuts coffee in hand. In her senior year of high school, Carlee completed two five mile races, the Spring Lake 5 and the Belmar 5. Her next challenge was a half-marathon.
In the fall of 2006, Carlee enrolled at the University of Connecticut, where she was majoring in Kinesiology. Her freshman year she joined the Kappa Alpha Theta sorority and had a bright future ahead.
We were all heartbroken to have lost Carlee on January 22, 2007. Carlee possessed such a unique combination of confidence, warmth and determination for her age, and we were all excited to see what the rest of life would bring her. She did more living in her 19 years than most people would do in a century, and she continues to inspire us to this day.
With the incredible support of friends, family, and the local community, we have honored Carlee’s memory with an annual 5 mile run/walk that has brought us together and raised proceeds for Carlee’s Scholarship Fund. We hope that Carlee would be proud!