FULTON, NY – Friends, family and loved ones of 23-year-old Sean Leonard encourage the community to join them at Lakeview Lanes of Fulton for a fundraiser benefit in memory of his life this Saturday, two days after the Thanksgiving holiday.
Leonard unexpectedly lost his life due to a fatal stabbing incident in Hannibal on October 24.
This Saturday (November 28), just over a month since his passing, Lakeview Lanes will host a fundraiser benefit from noon to 9 p.m. in remembrance of Leonard.
Organized by his family and friends including Erin Sachel and his girlfriend, Jen Stauring, the event will include musical appearance from Page Nine and will be headlined by Sleep Circadia, one of Leonard’s favorite local bands.
The event will provide food, music, and raffles from the numerous donations that have been made from the community.
“It’s clear how many people’s lives that Sean has touched. From the amount of people that are mourning his death, to the amount of people that are willing to help, donate or share the event on their Facebook. It’s heartwarming and very appreciated. Sean was such a great guy, I am honored to have been one of his friends for the past few years,” said Sachel.
The event on Facebook has more than 650 expected attendees and there have been ample donations from the community, everything from offering help to donation baskets to lottery boards to be raffled.
As the event has circulated around social media so has the hashtag, #justiceforsean.
“The hashtag #justiceforsean, that’s me hoping that the law is on Sean’s side and that punishment is served where punishment is due. One of the main ideas of this benefit is to bring people together to celebrate and remember Sean’s life, but also to remind people that violence shouldn’t be an option,” explained Sachel.
Starting at noon, tickets will be sold at the door for $12 or pre-sale for $10.
Anyone interested in getting pre-sale tickets or making a donation to the benefit may contact Sachel at 529-5992 or Stauring at 532-8870.
The money raised will be going to Sean’s family for what they see fit, according to Sachel.
“His mother and I discussed different things that the money could be used for something in Sean’s name. I suggested something for a bike park or scholarship. She came up with the great idea for a piece of gym equipment as Sean was passionate about going to the gym. Regardless, it will go towards something in his memory,” said Sachel.