It’s been said that tragedy brings people together. In the case of a local fundraiser known as Cody’s Coffee House that statement has never been truer.
Cody DeNoble of Whitby was in the Jazz Guitar program at York University and had just finished his first year when he was in a car accident in late April 2010. He died from his injuries 21 days later. He was 19 years old.
In June of that year, family and friends held a concert in DeNoble’s memory to raise money for the fundraiser and to help another boy, Greg Bell, who was injured in the accident
After the accident DeNoble’s parents wanted him to be remembered and wanted to help other musicians in the area. With the help of a couple of his mom’s close friends, the process for creating a scholarship was in motion.
“They suggested a scholarship in Cody’s memory for high school students who want to pursue their passion in music,” said Kim DeNoble, Cody’s mom.
The Cody DeNoble Music Scholarship Fund is awarded to aspiring musicians of Henry Street High School in Whitby, where Cody went to school and graduated with a honours scholarship.
The event, held on Friday, March 27 at Los Cabos Grill in Whitby, brought many of Cody’s friends and family together to celebrate his life and raise money for the scholarship.
“All of these people here are either friends or family or people Cody grew up with. He knew everybody,” said his mom, praising her son, with tears in her eyes.
Los Cabos donated the space for the cause. The event raised about $700.
“I would run the event again for sure,” said Brittney Ewasyn, one of the planners and a Durham College graduate. “The DeNobles started the scholarship because it was something that their son believed in and something Cody was passionate about. It’s for a good cause.”
As well as Cody’s Coffee House, there is also an annual golf tournament at the end of August. Approximately $15,000 is earned each year, according to Kim Denoble.
Los Cabos was packed, with dozens of people coming to the fundraiser.