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    Suarez softball draws family and friends
    By: Bob Nuse , Sports Editor 07/27/2004
    Staff photo by Frank Wojciechowski
    James Kuczmarski of the 'Family and Friends' team rips a hit during Saturday's David Suarez Softball Classic in West Windsor.
    Event raises funds, spirits

       The idea behind the first David Suarez Softball Classic was to bring together friends and family for a day of softball and to raise money for the scholarship fund that was started in memory of the victim of the attack on the World Trade Center.
       Now in its third year, the day of softball continues to grow as people come together to remember David Suarez and the life he led.
       "It started out really as a way to raise some money," said Mike Eskra, who helped start the David Suarez Memorial Scholarship and helps organize the softball game along with Jeff Tobias. "A bunch of teams would come together and we'd sell raffle tickets and raise some money.
       "Now it has turned into a way for everyone to get together. We had two teams from our old fraternity and everyone was saying how this was the one time each year we all got together. I think people have made this something they want to do each year. After we finished on Saturday, people were already talking about setting a date for next year."
       The softball classic brought together eight teams of various abilities to West Windsor-Plainsboro South to honor Suarez, a WW-P graduate who died on Sept. 11, 2001. Suarez also graduated from Penn State University, and the day of softball brought together friends from high school, college and work to remember him.
       "I think it's good because it is kind of a low-key sporting event that brings the people together," Eskra said.
       Even though there are no high stakes, it's still a competitive tournament. Scores are kept and teams advance through brackets. This year the winning team was from Ernst and Young, while there also were teams made up of fraternity brothers from Penn State, as well as friends and family and other members of the community.
       "Some of the players are more competitive than others," said Eskra, who attended WW-P and Penn State with Suarez. "There was a team this year from the local Boy Scout troop. The Suarez family still lives in West Windsor and there are so many of his friends in the area. It just keeps getting bigger and bigger every year.
       "I think when it started we thought it would be nice to have this game and raise some money. And now it keeps growing. Jeff does most of the work for it. And in the past I would help him a little bit and so would the Suarez family. Now he has more and more people looking to help."
       Suarez grew up in West Windsor and was co-captain of the wrestling team at WW-P. After graduating from high school in 1995, he went on to Penn State, graduating with a bachelor's degree in industrial engineering in 1999. While in college he was a member of the Kappa Alpha fraternal order and helped raise funds for children with cancer. Later, while working for Deloitte Consulting, he also volunteered for New York Cares, an organization assisting underprivileged residents.
       This year the scholarship fund presented a pair of scholarships to graduating seniors at WW-P South. Those awards went to Clara Bracke and Janet Ju.
       "We go through all the normal school programs," Eskra said. "You have to have a good academic record. One of the things we do is we put on there what kind of person Dave was and what he believed was important and we ask the applicants why those things are important to them."
       With the success of the annual softball classic, it looks like the memory of David Suarez and what he believed in will last for a long time. That much was evident Saturday as more than 100 people gathered at his alma mater to remember him and raise some money along the way.

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