Soccer club plans fundraiser for family of Marysville teen killed in car crash

  • Mon Oct 31st, 2011 9:54pm
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Herald staff

MARYSVILLE — A fundraiser is planned Friday night for the family of Juan Mendoza, a Marysville Getchell High School student who died in a car crash last week.

The Legacy soccer club plans two free soccer camps Friday at the Marysville Getchell fields, Coach Daghan Kesim said. People are encouraged to bring donations for Mendoza’s family.

The club so far has raised $1,000, Kesim said. They hope to reach $2,500.

The camps are planned from 5:30 to 7 p.m. for ages 10 to 14 and 7 to 8:30 p.m. for high-schoolers.

In addition, several Legacy teams plan to wear Mendoza’s name on their jerseys, Kesim said. Mendoza’s jersey number will be retired for both the Youth 16 and Youth 17 teams.

Two other boys were seriously injured in the Oct. 24 crash. Andy Vavrousek was released from the hospital late last week. Lars Kundu remained hospitalized Monday in satisfactory condition.

A student-led memorial and celebration of life for Mendoza is planned for 6 p.m. Nov. 8 at the Marysville Getchell gym.

Contributions to the Mendoza family also can be made to: Juan Mendoza Memorial Account, Home Street Bank, 1238 State Avenue, Marysville, WA 98270.

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