Bowling tourney honors Leverone
By Henry Luzzatto
A bowling fundraiser in honor of a Suffolk native who died at 19 will raise money for local charities.
The third annual Nick’s Warriors Bowling Fundraiser, in memory of Nick Leverone, will benefit the Night Stay program, Suffolk Young Life and Wyldlife and the Nick Leverone “Far From Timid” Memorial Scholarship.
Emily Leverone, Nick’s younger sister, is one of the organizers of the event and the nonprofit Nick’s Warriors. She said the fundraiser will help community charities in the spirit of her brother.
“Nick had a huge heart for people in need, and we wanted to reach out as we saw fit,” she said.
The event will feature a raffle and a silent auction in addition to the bowling. Leverone said the silent auction will contain a variety of items and experiences such as a wine tasting tour, sports memorabilia and a Norfolk cruise.
The event will be held at AMF Bowling in Chesapeake on Aug. 6. Check-in is from 7 to 7:30 p.m., and the bowling starts at 7:30. The event costs $50 for an individual and $300 for a six-person team.
Tina Fricke, one of the event’s organizers, said the goal is to raise between $5,000 and $10,000.
“We have a lot of people who have already said they plan on coming, and more may come at the door,” Fricke said. “Every year we’ve had all the lanes full by that night.”
The fundraiser is done in honor of Nick Leverone, who died in a car accident in August 2013. Leverone graduated with honors in 2012 from Nansemond River High School, where he played soccer. Earlier in his life, he played baseball, lacrosse and hockey.
Emily Leverone said the fundraiser tries to honor the spirit of her brother and his passions.
“Nick fought for the underdog,” she said. “He would always want to help the people in need.”
Though Nick Leverone was not a particularly avid bowler, Emily Leverone said they chose the location for ease of use and its popularity.
Among the local charities to benefit from the fundraiser, many are linked through the Leverones’ church, Westminster Reformed Presbyterian Church.
Westminster, for example, is one of the hosts of the Suffolk Night Stay program, which offers shelter for the homeless during winter months.
Funds will also be used to help local Young Life and Wyldlife programs, which Emily Leverone said are important to her family.
“Young Life has been a big part of life for me and for Nick,” she said.
The rest of the money will go to a scholarship in Nick Leverone’s name, which is given to a graduating senior who participates in a project that they learned from.
Emily Leverone said the outpouring of support in honor of her brother has been incredible.
“Coming home and feeling that support is awesome,” she said.