NEWTON, NJ—One year, 365 days have gone by since Lexi Faye, who was only 17, left this earth after a tragic accident on May 11, 2019.
Messages of love flooded the Faye’s Facebook pages, with sentiments of remembrance on the day with many white hearts. White was Lexi’s favorite color.
One way her life will be remembered is through the Lexi Faye Heart of Gold scholarship. The scholarship was created to provide funds to students from around the county who exhibited the same character as Lexi according to organizers.
Through the fund last year $1,000 scholarships were provided to four lacrosse players who attend a high school that participated in the Newton Strong White Out Movement. Players were nominated by their teammates and asked to write a 1,000-word essay about what character means to them.
The Lexi Faye Heart of Gold GoFundMe site is still collecting donations for future scholarships. As of May11 the site had raised $17,464.
A bowling fundraiser was held on March 14, 2020 to raise funds for the scholarship. More than 100 participants raised $2,525 at the event held at Sparta Lanes.
Newton and Kittatinny high school lacrosse teams were due to face off in the Beatty Cup in April. That game was to be played this April 2020 in honor of Lexi and to raise money for the scholarship. Due to the coronavirus epidemic, the game was postponed and no new date has been determined
There were also a series of fundraising events in the spring last year. The first was a “White Out Day” on May 23, where schools throughout three counties, 124 schools and even businesses, dressed in white and wore white ribbons in honor of Lexi.
That inaugural event raised $4,184 from several participants:
- Lenape Valley’s Boys Lacrosse Team raised over $500
- Nisivoccia, LLP who participated as well raised $150
- Hanover Park Regional School District raised over $800
- Lenape Valley Youth Lacrosse Team raised $210
- Phillipsburg High School raised $402
- Jake McNamara, Newton Youth Football raised $122 with a Lemonade for Lexi stand
- Morris Sussex Sports Facebook page raised over $2,000 in three days by selling Newton Strong t-shirts where 100% of the proceeds when to the scholarship
The second fundraiser, which was held on May 29, 2019, was hosted by Newton’s McDonalds who also participated in the “White Out” day but wanted to do more. They contributed 10% of the total was donated to the scholarship. Brian Scari who was interview by Tap after the event, said “I would have donated $430 to the scholarship, but instead I donated a total of $500, which was the amount of the scholarship from us.”
Villa Capri in Sparta and Mama Cee’s in Franklin also held fundraisers on June 7, 2019 all day long in honor of Faye.
The first two student athletes to receive the scholarship were from the Newton Lacrosse team, where Faye was one of the statistic keepers.
Two scholarships were awarded at the annual year end banquet on May 29, 2019 in the amount of $3,000 each to seniors Matthew Krawchuk and Giovanni Bavacqua.
During the event, Joan Faye, Lexi’s mother said that that “Lexi cared about absolutely everyone and had a heart of gold.” It was Joan Faye's friend Donnamarie Carson, who came up with the scholarship's name.
Joan Faye said she remembered her daughter was upset when she picked her up after a lacrosse game and as they sat in the car and talked, an SUV pulled alongside with several players inside and Faye joined them. She kept in touch with her mother throughout the night via text and was "truly, truly happy that someone had her back and helped to turn her mood around,” Joan said. “That person was Krawchuk.”
Bevacqua, Joan Faye said, “held all of Lexi Faye's attributes and more on and off the field and "always made her feel at ease.”
The boys’ names will be the first put on the plaque which will be hung in the school with Faye’s portrait in the center.
According to those who created the scholarship, it was “established in order to ensure that Lexi's loving soul will never be forgotten. Lexi was the stat girl for the Newton High School Lacrosse team. Lexi's love for her role, as well as the team, was undeniable.”
“To keep Lexi Faye's legacy alive, we would like to recognize individuals who possess many of the same characteristics that Lexi embraced herself,” scholarship organizers said. “The ways in which we saw Lexi is the way in which we would like to keep her memory alive for years to come. Her loyalty, commitment, dedication, kindness, compassion, and humility are qualities that we want to recognize in our recipients.”
They gave four $1000 scholarships in the amount of $1,000 each will be provided to four additional lacrosse players who attend a high school that participated in the Newton Strong White Out Movement. Players are nominated by their teammates and asked to write a 1,000-word essay about what character means to them.
On June 9, 2019, the Newton Lenape Valley Ice Hockey Team organized a charity game to raise money for the scholarship fund. Players from five area high school teams played at Skylands Ice World and the money was donated through the GoFundMe page.
Assistant Principal at Merriam Avenue School, who also is in a band called 2 +1 held a concert called Math Rocks as a fundraiser for the Lexi Faye Scholarship on October 18, 2019
This year would have been Lexi’s senior year at Newton High School a part of the graduating Class of 2020. One year has gone by, but Lexi Faye will not be forgotten.