SAVOY, Ill. (WCIA) — People in Savoy are mourning the loss of an 11-year-old, but they are doing it a little differently.
Old Orchard Lanes bowling alley was packed this afternoon in honor of Daniel Ennis.
He was a sixth grader that died unexpectedly last month from a medical emergency.
Tomorrow would have been his 12th birthday, and family members say he had planned on having a big bowling party.
They are using all the money people used to play today to start the Buddy Fund.
“Daniel was a buddy to everybody we’ve learned…and so, what better way to set up the Buddy Fund. And he will live on with that through the kids. And we hope to do this every year,” says Daniel’s father Matt Ennis.
The money will go to Unity Junior High where Daniel was a student. It will help kids in need at the school buy things like clothes, books, or sports equipment.