Rocky Bennett, a Buchanan resident and Brandywine graduate, died in a car accident in March. Family and friends will host a benefit in his honor Saturday. (Submitted photo)
Rocky Bennett, a Buchanan resident and Brandywine graduate, died in a car accident in March. Family and friends will host a benefit in his honor Saturday. (Submitted photo)

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Softball benefit to honor Buchanan man who died in crash

Published 9:11am Thursday, August 21, 2014

A benefit softball tournament will be held this weekend in memory of Rocky Bennett, a Buchanan man who died in a car accident on US-12 in March.

He was 20 years old.

The games will begin at 4 p.m. Saturday at Fisher Field in Buchanan.

Organizers are asking people to show up around 3:30 p.m. to help organize the softball teams.

The cost to enter is $10. Names will be drawn from a bucket to form teams.

Bennett’s mother, Susan Derrow, said they hope to raise $400 in order to purchase two banners that will be placed at Fisher and Russell fields in her son’s memory.

Bennett, a 2013 Brandywine graduate, loved playing softball and was a member of the adult co-ed teams of Niles 911 and The Misfits.

“Rocky was well known for his hitting,” Derrow said. “He could hit a ball so hard and with so much strength that he put a hole through a board.”

Any extra money will be donated equally to the Wounded Warriors Project and the Fallen Firefighters Foundation.

Derrow said military service runs deep in their family. They also have family members that serve as volunteer firefighters in the city of Buchanan and Buchanan Township.

Bennett’s brother, Tony Olmstead, will act as disc jockey during the benefit, which will include food, beverages and T-shirts for sale.

“I want to see our community come together and have a good time,” Derrow said. “I want to see those banners hanging at Russell field and Fisher field.

“It means the world to me to know how much and how many people cared for my son and loved him.”

For more information, call (269) 252-0695.

 

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