A benefit will be held this weekend in honor of Bucyrus High School student Noah Lear, who died on March 16 from injuries sustained in an accident on Feb. 27 while playing his favorite sport, basketball.
The 16-year-old youth was playing basketball with his friends at Calvary Baptist Church on Marion Road in Bucyrus when a post to the basketball hoop set-up broke, sending the backboard, rim and post crashing down on him.
Melissa Griffin said her son suffered cardiac arrest twice before being taken by medical helicopter to Nationwide Children’s Hospital in Columbus.
A funeral service was held in the gymnasium where Lear played basketball at Bucyrus High School on March 21 and over 1, 100 people were in attendance.
Lear’s cousins, Leeann Quaintance and Sonya Bloomfield Young, said they want to do anything they can for Lear and his family. The pair has organized the benefit that will begin at 4 p.m. at Bucyrus High School, 900 W. Perry St., on Saturday. The event is scheduled to last until 8 p.m.
“We are family and family helps family. They need everyone’s support now more than ever,” Young said.
Young said proceeds from the event will go to Lear’s family to help offset the costs of medical and final expenses.
“We will be having a silent auction, food, and music will be provided by Rob Skaggs who is friends with Tate and Melissa and has known Noah since he was a little kid,” Young said of the Bucyrus native and Nashville musician and recording artist.
The event will feature a spaghetti dinner, bake sale, and 50/50 drawing also.
An event the same evening at Dillinger’s Entertainment Center and Restaurant, located at 144 Washington Square in Bucyrus, will feature live music with a portion of proceeds going to Lear’s fund. A concert by Thee Rough Country Band from Bucyrus and The DeVault Ridge Band will begin at 8 p.m. Saturday. A percentage of the door charge along with 100 percent of the take-in of multiple 50/50 drawings that night will be donated to the Noah Lear Benefit. Door cost that night will be $6 per person.
Young said an account has been set up for Noah Lear at Firelands Credit Union in Bucyrus. For more information or to donate items for the silent auction, call Young at 419-617-6939 or Leann Quaintance 419-569-5642.
Griffin said the support from the community has been overwhelming.
“We are so grateful for everyone’s prayers, concern and support,” Griffin said. “He was just playing ball with his friends, like he loved to do. It’s so hard to make sense of all of this.”
A post regarding the benefit on a Facebook page dedicated to Lear, Battle of the Lear, reads:
“Please do not forget this Saturday’s benefit. It is bound to be an amazing day of healing and helping one another. There will be good food and friends (new and old). It has been awe-inspiring to see everyone who has come together in the wake of this great tragedy. Let’s keep the momentum going and see what wondrous things can emerge from our horrific loss. Let’s continue to give Noah his miracle by remaining unified as we have been by him.”
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