Softball tourney honors memory of Spencer Co. teen with big heart | Community Spirit
A fundraising softball tournament will be held this weekend in memory of a local girl who died at age 14 from a traumatic brain injury following a car accident while on the way to school in February 2010.
Danielle Reinke would have been 18 on June 12 and loved softball. “Danielle’s Softball Sensation Tournament” will celebrate her life and raise money for educational and extracurricular needs in the local area.
The tourney takes place at Heritage Hills High Saturday from 8 AM-6:30 PM and Sunday, June 23 from 8 AM-5PM.
Her mother Sherry says Danielle had a passion for helping others and was planning to be an organ donor when she received her driver’s license. She'd hoped to become a surgeon.
She didn’t live long enough to drive but upon her death, she helped save the lives of five others through organ donation and at least 21 skin and bone grafts.
The child who received her liver will be in attendance at the opening ceremony, meeting Danielle's family for the first time on Saturday.
“A precious young life prospers today because of the wonderful, selfless person of Danielle. All she ever wanted to do was make a difference,” says her mom, LaVonne Griepenstroh, whose plans for the annual event are to “commemorate the beauty of Danielle and her love for others, to celebrate life for Danielle and this child as they live on, albeit in very different ways, and to raise awareness of the importance of organ donation and the unspeakable beauty of sharing lives.”
The fundraiser will also include a gift raffle, bake sale, face painting, concession, item personalization, and merchandise sales. Many free items will be given away throughout the day.