Friends Hold Fundraiser to Honor Ben Graessle

By: Estephany Escobar Email
By: Estephany Escobar Email

Family and friends of Ben Graessle are trying to keep his legacy alive.

On Wednesday, they donated funds to Big Brothers Big Sisters of Harrisonburg and Rockingham county.

Ben had a big brother, Mike Smith, since he was six years old. They've kept in touch 13 years after their mentor program.

"I think he knew that positive male role models like he had, through his coaches would be important to another young person," Smith said.

Family and friends raised $1200 in less than a week.

With this money, two kids will be able to be matched with other mentors.

At this organization, more than 100 kids have been on the waiting list for more than a year.

Big Brothers Big Sisters representatives say they don't have enough men who volunteer and they also need more money.

Graessle's friend Logan Hull started this fundraiser and said this is a good way to remember Ben.

"I felt like the impact that mike had in Ben's life, if we did a fundraiser we could impact another kid's life and Ben his legacy could live on," Logan Hull said.

A Big Brothers Big Sisters' employee said Ben Graessle was in the process of becoming a Big Brother himself.

If you would like to get involved in the program you can find information here.

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