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UPDATE: Testimonial soccer game raises money for children of Sun Prairie couple lost in car accident

Posted: Updated: Jun 04, 2014 04:30 PM
MADISON (WKOW) -- Those who knew and loved Bram and Shari Dorresteijn remembered them through Bram's favorite sport Wednesday.

The young, Sun Prairie couple died in a car crash near Kenosha in April. They left behind two children who are now living with Shari's family in the Milwaukee area.

Bram and Shari's friends gathered at Breese Stevens Field for a double header soccer game in the couple's honor.

Money raised through admissions, food and beer sales, and a raffle will go to a trust fund set up for their children Wesley and Charlotte. Wesley is two and Charlotte is three months old.

Bram played soccer at the UW-Madison and later for the Madison 56ers amateur, club team under head coach Jim Launder.

Launder compared Wednesday's games to so-called "testimonial" matches played at the professional level to honor retiring players with one last performance before a team's fans.

"For us this is a celebration of Bram and Shari's life," Launder said. "When you say this is a testimonial game, it's a testimony to what great people they were."

"It's not a time for sorrow but a time to rejoice for having known them," Launder said.

Launder and his squad played a full, 90-minute game against a team from Milwaukee following a 50-minute, Friends of Shari and Bram game Wednesday.

Among those who participated in the friends game was Brian Feyrer, who played with Bram both at the UW and for the 56ers.

"(Bram) was a great player," Feyrer said. "I think everybody who played with him or against him knew him for his athleticism and his fitness."
"He was by far the most fit guy any of us ever played with or against," he said.

According to Feyrer, Bram met his future bride at the UW. But they began dating after spending time together with the 56ers. Shari was the team's athletic trainer.

Feyrer said the couple was always positive and full of energy.

"They made everybody around them feel better about themselves, you know? Happier," he said.

Feyrer said Bram would likely be happy to see his friends remembering him on the soccer pitch. He also said he hopes Bram and Shari are pleased to see the community banding together to take care of Wesley and Charlotte.

"Our goal was to get as many people to attend as possible of course to raise money for Wesley and Charlotte but also to allow everybody who knew Bram and Shari to come and celebrate and honor their lives," Feyrer said.

To donate to Wesley and Charlotte's trust fund click here

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