By Chris May
PHILADELPHIA (CBS) — When a February school bus crash took the life of an 11-year-old girl, a community was devastated. In this week’s Brotherly Love, how a woman who didn’t even know the families affected was inspired to help.
On a warm June afternoon, dozens of golfers pulled together in a battalion of golf carts in Chesterfield, N.J.
“This is really special,” said Nick DeMauro, chairman and CEO of D.A.R.E. NJ.
They’re not just here to play. They’re here to help two families whose lives changed forever after a deadly school bus crash in Chesterfield in February. 11-year-old Isabelle Tezsla, the daughter of a New Jersey state trooper, died. Her fellow triplet sisters Sophie and Natalie, survived. So did Jonathan Zdybel, who is still recovering from serious injuries.
“I did not know the families, no,” said Darlene Doubert, organizer of the golf tournament. “I happened to be on a business trip when I heard about this tragedy, and being a mom of multiples myself, I really felt it was important to set a good example for my family and my community to step up.”
Doubert started planning this event just weeks after the crash.
She drafted 144 golfers as well as raffle prizes and silent auction items, all to help two families in their time of need.
Many of the golfers are in law enforcement themselves.
Anthony Wieners, president of the New Jersey State Policemen’s Benevolent Association, said, “We have a long-standing proud tradition of supporting each other.”
Proceeds raised, potentially more than $20,000, will go to the Tezsla and Zdybel families.
“We’re here to support the children in their quest to be successful in life,” said DeMauro.
“Oh, it’s heartwarming,” said New Jersey state trooper Sean Reilly, to see so many come together for two families.
Even though the golf event is over, you can still help. Funds are still being raised at http://www.allforethekids.com/.