Friends and family pay tribute to late teen as Commissioner Bell co-designates street as "Samantha Jade Trebbi Avenue"
Surrounded by family members, classmates, and close friends, County Commissioner Lynda Bell, along with Mayor Shelley Stanczyk and members of the Palmetto Bay Village Council, co-designated 77th Avenue, from 152nd Street to 144th Street as “Samantha Jade Trebbi Avenue” in honor of the late Samantha Jade Trebbi on Friday, October 28, 2011.
“Samantha Trebbi was a talented and vibrant 15 year-old girl who excelled at everything she set out to accomplish. She not only shined at academics as an Honor Student at Miami Palmetto Senior High School, she was the personification of compassion and selflessness by continually volunteering her time and energy to the less fortunate members of society, as well as dedicating her efforts to charitable organizations throughout South Florida and her beloved Palmetto Bay,” said Commissioner Bell.
“Sam” as her friends and family used to call her, was a decorated Girl Scout by the tender age of 4. She regularly donated the locks of her hair to “Locks of Love” to be made into wigs for children who suffered from Cancer. She helped raise much needed funds for the “Making Strides” organization in its fight to defeat Breast Cancer and she personally raised money for the daughter of a family friend who was struggling with Ovarian Cancer, among other things.
“Samantha Jade Trebbi left us way too soon, but in death, she left us a strong legacy of service to others, kindness and compassion, and a boundless feeling of love and hope – hope for humanity,” added Commissioner Bell.
Samantha Jade Trebbi passed away suddenly on October 11, 2010.