SPARTA, NJ- Early in the morning of May 18, 2014, Sparta resident Salvatore “Sal” Sarrecchia and his wife Nicole were involved in an automobile accident on I-287 in Bernards Twp that appears to have been initiated by a drunk driver. As a result of the accident, Sal passed away leaving his wife Nicole seriously injured and their four children without a father. A group of family friends and many Sparta service organizations and individuals have joined forces to assist the Sarrecchia family in this time of need.
Nicole is a long time multiple sclerosis patient. Her daughters, Isabella, Tina and Lola have been active participants in Sparta cheerleading and softball programs. Their son Devon played baseball and football at Sparta High School. Sal was an active fan of all of his kid’s activities and coached all of the girls softball teams at all levels. His passing leaves an irreplaceable void in their lives.
The Friends of Sal group will kick off their fundraising efforts to assist the Sarrecchia family, June 12 through15 when Sparta Girls Softball program hosts the After School Softball Tournament at Ungerman Field and Station Park. There are plans for a 50-50 raffle, the raffle of a 55” screen TV and a number of other fundraising activities at the fields.
On Friday night, June 13, Sparta FOP will host a DJ dance for players, families and friends at the Police Athletic League building. FOP representatives will be grilling hamburgers, hotdogs. There will also be sodas available.
On Saturday, June 14, the Sparta Kiwanis will set up a barbecue concession at Station Park for tournament participants and spectators. These activities will be capped off by a Sunday morning Father’s day breakfast hosted by the Knights of Columbus at Our Lady of the Lake’s McKenna hall from 8 to 11:30.
"What a busy weekend and a real tribute to the caring community that is Sparta," said Sparta councilman and one of the event coordinators Gil Gibbs. "All proceeds from these events will go directly to the Sarrecchia family to help them with expenses incurred as a result of this horrific accident."
On the morning of June 21, Sparta Cheerleaders and Softball Players will host a car wash in front of the Mohawk Avenue School. Later that day there will be a 7 p.m. dinner at the Elks Club to honor the Grand Marshal of the Fourth of July Parade. This dinner is $40 per guest, jacket and ties requested for men. All proceeds going to Friends of Sal.
"Committee members and family friends will be placing canisters at various retail establishments around Sparta in conjunction with the Elk’s Fourth of July Parade as we celebrate our nation’s birthday in true community fashion by helping this wonder family after a terrific tragedy," said Edward Nelson, one of the coordinators.
The cheer team has collected a over $450 worth of gift cards to the family to date.
There will be additional events scheduled in the fall. Individual donations can be made to help the Sarrecchia family at www.giveforward.com. Indicate Sarrecchia in the search box to be connected to the site. Another option is to drop off or mail donations to Nothing Is Impossible, Inc. – Friends of Sal, c/o McGivney & Kluger, PC 243 Sparta Avenue, Sparta, NJ 07871 in the TCBY center.
"On behalf of Friends of Sal, thanks to all of the members of the greater Sparta community for demonstrating true Spartan spirit," said Gibbs.