After fatal crash, friends raise money to honor student
When Dan Holl’s good friend and former lacrosse teammate Enoch Lee died in a car accident this past fall, Holl was more than determined to commemorate Lee as he would have wanted: through music.
Lee, known for his selflessness and vibrant personality, had aspirations not only to be a doctor but also to “save the world.” A driven and successful student, he balanced his school work and volunteer hours at Christiana Hospital all while serving on the executive board of medical service group MEDLIFE.
Music was another one of Lee’s truest passions. He played the violin for most of his life as well as the guitar in high school and college, even joining the Golden Blues a cappella group his freshman year.
“He didn’t care where he was,” Holl, a sophomore, says. “He loved to entertain people and loved to sing.”
Since November, Holl and several of Lee’s friends have been working to bring a Lee-inspired music festival to life. The team has met nearly 10 times to plan and organize details for their desired summer show, including a search for a local venue and various artists.
Mike Halfen, also a former lacrosse teammate of Lee’s, said they have contacted venues in the city of Newark but that a location hasn’t yet been confirmed. Once the location is set, Halfen says the group will hold auditions for interested artists, hopefully filling a full day’s worth of music sets with local bands and university a cappella groups.
Holl says they’ve already reached out to Us The Duo, a musical husband-and-wife pair who complimented Lee’s talents after he opened for them during a Filipino Student Association music event in 2013.
“I know they made it big recently, so that’d be really awesome if we can get them,” Lee’s brother Joseph says.
Joseph also says he’s interested in singing and playing guitar at the concert.
“As far back as I can remember, we were playing music,” Joseph says. “And the fact that one of the most important things to him is going to become a festival—in his honor—it’s the best way to remember him.”
As of Monday, 127 people have raised $6,463 through the E J Woo Music Festival Fundraiser “GoFundMe” page, a little over one-third of the $15,000 goal. Friends have also raised nearly $1,000 by selling $5 bracelets to friends and family. The green-and-gold bracelets are externally inscribed with Lee’s name, lacrosse number (6) and Twitter bio excerpt, “I wanna save the world.” The inside reads, “The Song in Our Hearts.”
Halfen says the group plans to donate funds made at the festival as scholarship money for local high school students pursuing a college education, as well as cover all funeral costs for the Lee family.
Lee’s girlfriend Connie Chen says she is excited to see the group’s ideas develop further and is confident that the concert will mean a lot to people who were close to Lee.
“It’s crazy that even though he’s not here, he still brings people together with music,” she says.
Those interested in helping the cause can donate to the festival fund (www.gofundme.com/EnochLeeFund), as well as register for the April 18 “Race to Save the World” 10-K run in Lee’s name in Middle Run Valley Park on Possum Hollow Road (Sign up at www.runreg.com/enoch). Onsite registration begins at 8 a.m., and the race begins at 9 a.m.
“We really miss him, and we still think about him every day,” Joseph says. “We still feel him in our hearts, and we love him.”