By Nikki Gaskins
MOUNT PLEASANT, S.C. (WCIV) -- For Aaron Silverman, the sudden death of his best friend continues to leave a lasting impression. Derek Revord was killed in 2005.
"Derek was like a brother to me," Silverman said. "He was a fun loving, live-in-the-moment guy. He enjoyed spending time with his family and friends."
Derek, a graduate of Hanahan High School, had a passion and love for soccer. He and Aaron played the sport together in high school and while attending Newberry College. After college, Derek worked for the Charleston Battery soccer team and was also a volunteer coach with the Special Olympics of South Carolina.
"He was 25-years-old when he passed away in a traffic accident at Hwy 17 and 41," Silverman said. "His roommate was driving a SUV and rolled the vehicle killing Derek and another individual. The driver's BAC was above the legal limit."
According to reports, Derek and another friend were thrown from the SUV his roommate was driving. The driver's blood alcohol content was 0.16 percent. That is twice the state's legal limit. The loss of his good friend served as a wake up call for Aaron.
"Derek's passing forced me to stop planning life and starting living it," said Aaron.
In December 2010, Silverman started the Derek Revord Endowment in conjunction with the Coastal Community Foundation, a public grant-making organization.
"I started the Derek Revord Endowment for several reasons. First, I felt it was time I started to give back to the community. Secondly, I wanted a way to help keep Derek's memory alive. Lastly, it was a way to say thank you to Derek for changing my life," Silverman said.
The money from the endowment is donated to the South Carolina Special Olympics serving the Lowcountry.
"I selected the Special Olympics as the recipient of the endowment's giving because of Derek's previous involvement with them and his parents asked people to donate to the Special Olympics in lieu of sending flowers when he passed away," said Aaron.
Silverman will host The Lucey Mortgage Corporation Derek Revord Endowment Bowling Fundraiser on March 24, 2013 from 3 p.m. to 5 p.m.
"The fundraiser will be a two-hour event with one Battery Soccer team player, one Special Olympic athlete and a team of four other bowlers for a total of six bowlers per lane."
The community can attend the bowling fundraiser to learn about the endowment and the Special Olympics. People can also volunteer with the Special Olympics as a coach or to help organize and run events.
Silverman hopes to raise about $5,000 at the event.
Silverman vows to keep his friend's memory alive through charity and by helping others less fortunate.
If anyone would like to financially support the endowment, donations can be made here.