Fundraiser honors soccer dream of Connecticut soldier killed in Iraq a decade ago; moved to Regal Beagle after destructive fire
NEW HAVEN, CONN. (Sep. 11, 2017) –The seventh annual New Haven Kick for Nick Night (#KickForNick), which supports the Gold Star family-run foundation that honors a fallen soldier’s dream by distributing soccer balls to underprivileged children worldwide, will be held from 5 to 10 p.m. on Oct. 20, 2017 at the Regal Beagle, 422 State Street in New Haven.
The fundraising event will feature raffles, a silent auction, drink specials, and hors d’oeuvres. Founded to honor the memory and dream of Wilton, CT native, soccer standout, and U.S. Army soldier PFC Nicholas A. Madaras, The Kick for Nick Foundation (kickfornick.org), has distributed more than 49,000 soccer balls to underprivileged children in 37 countries worldwide.
This year, the fundraiser has set the ambitious goal of collecting the 50,000th soccer ball for the foundation. With help from corporate and institutional partners, the organizers expect to exceed the estimated 500+ soccer balls donated during last year’s event. Adam Cohen, Southern Connecticut State University Women’s Soccer Head Coach and longtime supporter, said his team began collecting soccer balls in the spring and his team is ready to help reach the 50,000 goal.
Despite a two-alarm fire that has temporarily shuttered the Trinity Bar & Restaurant, owners Shane Carty and Eddie Higgins and General Manager John Greco are continuing their support of the event. Trinity, the VFW New Haven Post 12150, the American Outlaws New Haven Soccer club, and The Kick For Nick Foundation are organizing the fundraiser. Organizers request the donation of a new or used soccer ball or $15.00 at the door. Additional details, including online donations, can be found on the event page (http://kickfornick.eventbrite.com).