Family and friends of DUI crash victim raise money for needy kids in his honor

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KANSAS CITY, Kan. -- A community comes together to remember the life of a friend gone too soon and to raise money for children in need.

Robert Zevenbergen, 20, died in a car accident two months ago on K-10 when a drunk driver crossed the median and hit him head-on.

On Saturday night his family and friends held a fundraiser in his memory at St. Patrick Parish Center in Kansas City, Kan.

The luau-themed event aimed to raise money for a cause close to Robert’s heart – an organization called Paces, a non-profit emergency shelter for children in Wyandotte County.

“Unfortunately, we can’t bring him back,” said Sheri Seeman, a family friend and event organizer. “But we can sure make sure his spirit lives on and Robert will not be forgotten. He’s was just too important to this community.”

She added, “These children come from a tragic background. So we want to take this tragedy of Robert’s and this tragedy of how their life is and make a positive on both – a great memorial for Robert, and a great hopefully future for these children.”

Organizers hoped to raise $15,000 Saturday that will go toward helping build a new, bigger shelter to support more children. Once complete, it will be dubbed “Robert’s Place.”

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