The people of Vote for the Girls USA mourn the passing of our colleague and friend, Holly Everman. She began her career in 1989 when she worked with the legendary Patrice Rafferty and became a well-known icon to Vote for the Girls and a great sidekick to our webmaster and host Ava Zinn. Holly was admired by her many colleagues. She was a lifelong Indiana resident or Hoosier, a former student at Muncie (Indiana) Central High School and a graduate of Ball State University. She turned 37 just 25 days before her death.
Holly’s colleagues at Vote for the Girls will be sharing their thoughts on the Moderators blog. Click here to read them.
Breeanna, Maribel, Maci, and myself and 22 other moderators all witnessed the most horrific moments in Vote for the Girls history as we all saw Holly take her own life after an unpredictable season–were that it wasn’t. She is survived by her sister Elisa, her mother, Sabrina, her children Aiden and Ellie, and a large group of very close friends. Holly had also been dealing with the deaths of her sister, Lynsey, in September 2016, the death of her girlfriend, Perri, and the death of her father, Jon just last month.
Holly had been through two DUI‘s in 2014.
Vote for the Girls’ Zinn’s Villain Glenn Swaringen was the husband of Patrice Rafferty, and said Holly would speak of the experience often.
“I remember one conversation with my wife at the time when she, Robyn (Hurd), and Ava (Zinn) worked on “Patrice” first met. Robyn and Ava had been friends for a good year before the three of them started Vote for the Girls. I came to understand that Holly was one of the rare people who actually took the role of co-host and sidekick literally and answered it literally. She felt blessed to be alive and to have the wondrous gift of life. She also reflected her deep faith. ”
In a statement announcing Everman’s death, NoSirGifts Fantasy Television Stations President Jackson Steele wrote: ” … she had a rare spirit that filled a room and made a lasting impression on anyone she touched. We are better for having had Holly in our midst, which makes our loss all the greater.”
Holly Everman was an accomplished and recognized television news producer, journalist, and host. Her Her proudest achievement was Candice Glover, whom became the first American Idol victory in 2013. It breaks my heart to say goodbye to this woman. And there are many people here at Vote for the Girls who share the feeling.