Peru As the 23-month anniversary of a tragic accident that claimed the lives of four high school students comes and passes, their families and parents continue to fight to decrease the odds of similar tragedies.
In celebration of the life of Brandon Sorrell, a 17-year-old high school student who died in the car accident with three other students, the Peru VFW will host a spaghetti dinner fundraiser on Saturday, Nov. 9 from 2 to 9 p.m.
The fundraiser will have not just spaghetti but have snacks and beverages during the festivities. There will be silent auctions and other prizes. Everyone who brings a non-perishable food item to be donated to the local food pantry automatically gets entered into a mystery prize drawing.
“I can’t tell you what the prizes are, but we have everything from $50 gift certificates, dinner for two and so much more,” said Christol Mastic, mother of Sorrell.
Other prizes will include a spa basket, Adirondack chair, a tree of scratch-off tickets, and a gift certificate wreath.
“The gift certificate wreath is fantastic. The girl who won it last year said all of her Christmas shopping was done when she got it,” Mastic said.
All funds raised will go to the Brandon Sorrell Memorial Scholarship Foundation.
“Your life is your children. It becomes all about getting them to the next stage of their lives, and when they are gone, you lose that purpose,” Mastic said. “Now I focus on making sure that another family doesn’t go through this. It’s especially hard in the fall; it was his favorite time of year.”
The Brandon Sorrell Memorial Scholarship Foundation was set up in memory of the Sorrell. He and three other students died on Nov. 15, 2012 — (Rennert) Sorrell, 17, Peru; Samantha Donah, 17, Plattsburgh; Dat T. Ong, 17, Vietnam; and Chu Xiong, 18, China. They were killed as a result of an accident on Peasleeville Road shortly after sunset. Sorrell and Donah were traveling down the road in his car when the car collided with Ong and Xiong, who were walking along the road. All were killed on impact.