Shelton students will be among the 150 dancers and singers from the Performing Arts Center of Connecticut (PACC) celebrating the holidays in \u201cA Winter Ballet\u201d on Saturday, Dec. 6\u00a0 at the Trumbull High School auditorium, 72 Strobel Road. Proceeds from the 1 and 7 p.m. performances will go to the Abby Anderson Scholarship Fund. Participating Shelton residents are Kiara Christian, Olivia Kish, Samantha Randall, Courtney Sissick and Alexa Toohey. \u201cA Winter Ballet\u201d features Tchaikovsky\u2019s holiday classic \u201cThe Nutcracker,\u201d original choreography to seasonal favorites, caroling and visits from Santa Claus and the Alternate Routes. Abby Anderson was a Trumbull teenager who was passionate about the arts. She suffered from depression and despite receiving treatment, she took her own life in June. Her family has openly talked about what happened to Abby as a way to encourage more discussion, and to end the stigma, about mental illness. \u201cWe want to honor Abby\u2019s life as that ray of sunshine, and at the same time, tell her story so that we may possibly be able to help someone who suffers in silence,\u201d said Gillian Anderson, Abby\u2019s mother. Reserved seats for A Winter Ballet are $20. For information, to purchase tickets or to donate to the Abby Anderson Scholarship Fund, call 203-372-ARTS. About Abby Anderson Abby\u2019s family \u2014 Gillian, Charles and Ben Anderson \u2014 join with PACC and ask people to celebrate the holidays in a way that benefits their own families, the community and the memory of their daughter, Abby. Gillian Anderson shares her family's story candidly and honestly. \u201cThroughout Abby's 15 years of life she was, essentially, passionate about the arts,\u201d Gillian said. \u201cDrawn to ballet, hip-hop, singing, music, acting, poetry and painting, she wanted to do it all,\u201d Gillian continued. \u201cAs a little girl, she was completely mesmerized by the dance troupe at PACC and would sit on Catherine LaChioma's lap for hours and hours soaking up the high energy, creative environment with excitement.\u201d \u2018She was an inspiration to us all\u2019 \u201cAs Abby grew older, she was an inspiration to us all with her athleticism, strength, fearlessness, creativity and, ironically, her zest for life,\u201d her mom said. \u201cAbby had a wicked sense of humor, had fierce friendships, and always had so much love to give others. She was a ray of sunshine to all who met her.\u201d Abby continued to be that ray of sunshine on the outside, even though she was eventually diagnosed with clinical depression. Although she had talk therapy and was supervised with medication, Abby took her own life earlier this year. \u201cAbby obviously struggled on the inside, and that one act of was so out of character, so sudden, it sent us all reeling,\u201d Gillian said. \u201cIt's complicated and we will never completely understand. It's a mental illness that carries a stigma that we now need to speak out about. \u201cEveryone has a loved one or knows someone who suffers from depression,\u201d her mom said. \u201cLet's talk freely about it. Let's erase the stigma about depression and educate our students, our community." The scholarship Abby turned in an assignment to her English teacher before school ended on the day before she passed away. It was a \u201cBucket List,\u201d and the list included this item \u2014 \u201cHELP OTHERS IN A BIG WAY.\u201d Candidates for the Abby Anderson Scholarship Fund at Trumbull High School will be inspirational in their determination to \u201chelp others in a big way.\u201d \u201cThey will be cheerleaders in life and show dedication that is representative of the ideals Abby emulated so well during her short life,\u201d Gillian said. Learn more about PACC The Performing Arts Center of Connecticut at 18 Lindeman Drive in Trumbull offers classes in the arts. Fund out more at www.PACofCT.com.