July 20, 2011 —
A new tradition will be born this summer when David Curreri’s family and friends join together with strangers to set forth on what will become an annual rafting trip down the Delaware River on August 6. David was a lifelong resident of Narrowsburg who died in an ATV accident last year. He was 27 years old.
David’s family and friends have held rafting trips for years, but this year the family wants to open the trip to others. It is $29 per person for adults and $21 for children 12 and under. Rick Lander, the owner of Lander’s River Trips, will donate a portion of the fees to the David F. Curreri Memorial Scholarship Fund, Inc. For further information, contact Dawn Curreri, David’s mother, at work, 845/252-3085 ex. 12 or in the evening at home, 252-7358.
David worked as a skill trainer at The Center for Discovery at the Stonewall Farms campus. He was working toward a Masters degree because he wanted to become a teacher at the center. Prior to that, he was a substitute teacher at Sullivan West High School, his alma mater. He coached several sports teams for the school, too.
In addition to the rafting trip, there will be a golf outing at Swan Lake Golf & Country Club in Swan Lake on Saturday, July 30. Registration begins at 10 a.m. and the shotgun start is at 11 a.m. If pre-paid, the cost is $70, and $75 day of. The cost includes entry into all events, with 18 holes of golf, riding carts, lunch and various awards.
The scholarship was created for seniors at Sullivan West Central School. Seniors will receive a letter stating that they won the scholarship, but will not receive the money until their second semester of college. The scholarship is $15,000.
Because of her family’s loss, Dawn said, “I don’t think my life will ever be the same.” But rather than feeling bad, Dawn keeps busy, and by doing the various fundraisers for the scholarship, she is helping everyone who knew David.
Dawn said her family has received an endless amount of support from the community. She was very involved in school events and served as a member of the Tusten Youth Commission for 20 years. In addition to being a member of the PTA, she sold 50-50s at basketball games. She said it was not until the accident that she realized “how great it was to live in this area.”
“I’ll always be grateful,” she said.