Brodie Leavitt's mother Michelle (L) and father Larry (R) join some of his closest friends to honor his memory and raise funds at the recent Brodie Leavitt Memorial Scholarship Fund event, held at the Maplewood Resort on May 18 in Bethlehem. (Photo by Angel Larcom) (click for larger version)
May 22, 2019BETHLEHEM — On the evening of Saturday, May 18, family and friends gathered together at the Maplewood Golf Club in Bethlehem to honor the memory of Brodie Leavitt. It was the first such gathering since Leavitt, 19, succumbed to injuried sustained in a tragic car accident in Littleton last year.
The Brodie Leavitt Memorial Scholarship Fund Concert featured live music by The Conniption Fits, a Lebanon-based band voted "Best Rock Trio" in 2011 by New Hampshire Magazine. "We wanted our first event to be big," Said Leavitt's mother, Michelle.
According to Leavitt's parents, Larry and Michelle, more than ninety-one items were donated by individuals and area businesses, including a gas grill valued at $800 that was given by Ash Supply Company.
"We've been planning this event since January," continued Michelle Leavitt. "I started researching bands, and I knew I wanted to combine a concert with raffles."
All of the funds raised from the event will be added to the Brodie Leavitt Memorial Scholarship Fund, a fund set up by the Leavitt's mere days after they lost Brodie.
"In lieu of flowers, we asked people to donate to the fund," said Michelle Leavitt. "We raised just shy of $10,000 before this event."
"We've had a lot of support from the community," she continued.
"It's amazing," said Leavitt's father, Larry.
Leavitt's parents said the scholarship funds are available to Littleton High School graduates who intend to further their education in either the automotive or mechanical trades.
"Brodie was really into his cars and loved working with his hands," said Larry Leavitt.
Leavitt's love of cars and Audi's specifically was apparent at the event. An Audi decorated with balloons and one of his hats greeted guests at the entrance to the Maplewood Resort, and several people wore black shirts that bore the Audi logo, the hashtag #livinlavish, and the phrase B5Chide.
"His favorite saying was 'living lavish,'" said Leavitt's father, who went on to explain that Leavitt's favorite type of Audi was the B5.
Both Larry and Michelle joked about how living at home with mom and dad was definitely "living lavish." They said Chide had been their son's nickname for several years before he passed, and it had been given to him by his closest friends.
"His friends had a lot to do with designing the logo," said his father.
Leavitt's parents estimated that one hundred to one hundred fifty tickets were pre-purchased before the event.
Brodie Leavitt was born in Littleton in 1998 and graduated from Littleton High School in 2016. On July 9, 2018, he was one of five people involved in an early morning car accident on Route 18 in Littleton.
According to investigations by the New Hampshire State Police, 60-year old Doresa Harrell of Georgia was in the process of turning her vehicle around in the road when her SUV was struck by a 1999 Audi A4 driven by 23-year-old Richard Maker of Littleton. Leavitt passed away at the scene of the accident and Harrell succumbed to her injuries shortly after at Littleton Regional Hospital.
Donations may be made in Brodie's memory to the Brodie Leavitt Memorial Fund, c/o Woodsville Guaranty Savings Bank, 189 Cottage St., Littleton, NH 03561.