Phillylacrosse.com, Posted 4/1/13
EVANFEST is named after youth standout Evan Brady, who battling osteogenic sarcoma (bone cancer) for several years until passing away at the age of 19 in 2005. The event has helped to raise over $600,000 for more than 150 families whose children are battling life threatening illnesses.
Teams from three states at the U13 and U15 level will each play two games. The event is capped by the high school matchup of host Malvern and West Chester East at 4:30 p.m.
The event (youth games from 8 a.m.-4:30 p.m.) also will feature an all-day raffle with several hot pieces of gear, as well as many vendors and refreshments.
More than 100 volunteers will help run the event created by Evan’s father, Bill Brady. All money raised goes directly to the families.
Brady noted that Evan’s friends, teammates and former foes have gotten heavily involved in EVANFEST in recent years, selling t-shirts and helping run events such as a golf outings, social outings and last fall’s highly-successful banquet.
“I never realized how much Evan had inspired people,” said Brady. “When he was sick, our only thoughts were getting him well.
“But as time has passed, you see how many people he has touched. It’s awesome that so many people want to keep his memory alive. The people we help certainly appreciate the financial support.
“We are fortunate that so many people volunteer here at Malvern for the event. The school is totally behind the event and all the volunteers are from the people involved in the Malvern prep program and their graduates. It’s become a tradition.”
Brady said 2,000 people are expected to attend.
“It’s become the biggest event on Malvern prep’s campus,” Brady said. “It’s bigger than homecoming.”
There will be much representation from the Philly lacrosse community. The Wings will have a tent, and the all-day raffle will be bigger than ever and will include gear donated by notable Philly stars Ken Clausen (Warrior), Pat Heim (STX) and Drew Adams (Maverik) – each of whom played against Evan in youth lacrosse.