ATTICA - Fifteen-year old Tanner Houck, along with his mother, Amanda, have put together a fund for a scholarship in the name of the Bollinger brothers, Phillip and Dillon.
The Bollinger brothers were killed in a car crash in May. Many members of the Seneca East School District have paid their respects to the family, including Tanner.
Tanner grew up next to the Bollingers as their neighbor before they moved to Republic. Amanda said Tanner was close friends with Dillon and wanted to do something in their memory.
"We hung out all the time, Dillon was always there for me; we played basketball together a lot. Phillip took me everywhere he went and always gave me food at his house. They were like brothers to me and I miss them a lot," Tanner said.
The purpose for holding the festival, Tanner said, is "to raise a lot of money for a scholarship in memory of Phillip and Dillon so nobody forgets them."
Tanner came up with the idea to have a softball tournament in the brother's honor. The Bollinger Brothers Men's Memorial Softball Tournament and Festival is to take place beginning at noon Sept. 28-29 at the Republic Lions Club Ballpark.
"I hope that people will have a good time and realize how important Phillip and Dillon are to all of us," Tanner said. " I hope people want to come back every year and that it gets bigger every year."
The event is to feature a men's only softball tournament. The tournament is full with 10 teams, but if your team would like to take part next year all you have to do is come to the event and place a $25 deposit to hold your team for next year, Amanda said. The Sons of the Legion-Republic are to donate the use
of the ballpark, she said.
"They have done so much to help out, this tournament would absolutely not be possible without them," Amanda said. "A lot of our friends are donating their time to (also) help with the tournament."
Also included in the festivities is a homerun derby, cornhole tournament, car show, camping, food, door prizes, raffles, a gambling tend, bake sale, face painting, games for kids and more.
There also is to be a beer tent and live music featuring Rough Country 8 p.m. Sept. 28.
"I think this is good for Tanner," Amanda said. " Keeping busy has helped him deal with the loss."
Tanner said that he would like to keep adding different things every year.
"Next year, I want to add a chili cook-off or BBQ contest, and a pie-eating contest. I just want to keep making money to be able to donate to the things that Phillip and Dillon loved."
For more information, contact Amanda Houck at (419) 606-0695 or ahouck75@