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Mama Margie talks about Rachel Morningstar’s Life and Memory at Purple Hatter’s Ball 2017 [Video]

Contributing videographer Nick Bogannam was on the scene at the Purple Hatter’s Ball this year at The Spirit of The Suwannee Music Park in Live Oak, FL and caught great highlights of the festival. On Saturday, Mama Margie, mother of Rachel Morningstar, held a ceremony celebrating the 23 years of Rachel’s life by releasing 23 butterflies and an extra one to personify her spirit that lives on forever. Purple Hatter’s Ball is held every year in celebration of Rachel, and this weekend was one of the most commemorative yet. Thanks to Zach Deputy, Bogannam was given permission to film in 360 on stage and captured the end of Margie Weiss’ speech which was the perfect send-off for our festivities into the night starting with Zach Deputy himself! Check out the video for yourself and be sure to share it with your friends.


The Rachel Morningstar Foundation exists to help the public understand the benefit of guidelines for law enforcement’s use of confidential informants (CIs). Currently each state, county, city, college campus or law enforcement agency sets their own standards, laws or guidelines as it relates to recruiting and using CIs. The efforts of this foundation are dedicated to the memory of Rachel Morningstar Hoffman, (December 17, 1984 – May 7, 2008) a 23-year-old Florida State University graduate. She was murdered while acting as a police informant during a drug sting that started on May 7, 2008. The first of its kind in the U.S., Rachel’s Law, a Florida law that went into effect on July 1, 2009, established new guidelines for law enforcement when dealing with confidential informants.  |

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