Memorial fundraiser for Shelburne playground set for Saturday

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Meghan Cox is one of the organizers of a fundraiser for improvements at the George Street playground in memory of her brother Jacey, who died in January in a car crash out west.

By Greg Bennett

An event being held in the wake of the death of a young Shelburne man earlier this year will raise money for a playground he once enjoyed.

Jacey Cox, 28, died in a car crash on Jan. 22 in Edmonton. Since the tragedy, his family and friends have come together to start an annual community event.

The memorial fundraiser and fun day will be held on Aug. 30 at Cox’s childhood neighbourhood and hangout …the George Street basketball court and playground in Shelburne.

All funds raised will be used in improving the basketball court and playground over the next few years.

Jacey’s sister Meghan is one the main organizers for the event, which will include a 3-on-3 basketball tournament, games for children and a barbecue, as well as a dance and a silent auction. Meghan, who now lives in Toronto has flown home for the event, says there has been a huge response from the community.

The event is also in being held in memory of another young Shelburne County man, D. J. Foster-Pushie, who died in a 2013 car crash.

Already, organizers have raised over $6,000 so far and they hope the community will come out in force to take part in the event.

The 3-on-3 basketball games will get underway at 9:30 a.m. with games and the silent auction starting at 10 a.m. A washer tournament and barbeque is set to start at 11 a.m.

A dance will be held that evening at the Royal Canadian Legion.

If anyone would like to volunteer their time they can contact organizers through the event Facebook page.

Organizers are also teaming up with the I’m so Scotian clothing line which is going to dedicate a portion of their We’r everywhere t-shirt sales to Jacey’s memory. Donations can also be made at http://www.gofundme.com/80psy0 or at the Town of Shelburne for the George Street Park.

Organizations: Royal Canadian Legion

Geographic location: Shelburne County, George Street, Edmonton Toronto

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