By Danny Schrafel
John Glenn High School students will be taking to the stage soon to pay tribute to Sean Urda and raise money for the scholarship fund established in his memory.
Brooke Thornhill, the student liaison to the school board, announced during a March 19 school board meeting that the benefit concert is scheduled for April 18.
It’s the latest fundraising effort students have undertaken in memory of Urda, a John Glenn High School senior who died Jan. 26 in a snow-tubing accident in Huntington.
His former soccer teammates, as well as cross-town rivals from the Harborfields Tornadoes, teamed up to sell bracelets bearing Urda’s name and number, 14, during the Feb. 28 Class A girls basketball crown championship game between the Lady Knights and Lady Tornadoes. They also sold the bracelets at John Glenn and Harborfields high schools.
Theirs is the latest contribution to a fast-growing scholarship fund, which will award a scholarship to “at least one deserving high school senior who shows a passion for their family, their friends and soccer.” The initial goal was to raise $20,000, but as of Tuesday, 546 donors had contributed over $72,000.
In a statement last month, the Urda family expressed their “deepest thanks to the Elwood community” for the wave of support.
“We are overwhelmed by the outpouring of love from the community and we are truly touched by the amount of people that offered their time, donated items, provided food, and prayed for our family, but most of all for sharing your memories and stories of Sean with us,” they said. “We are truly grateful to live in such a loving and supporting community. Thank you all for keeping his memory alive.”
To make a contribution, visit gofundme.com/Sean-Urda.