The Ashburn community is rallying to support the Kaplan family, whose lives were shaken after a car crash on Evergreen Mills Road claimed the life of their mother Erin Kaplan.
A Briar Woods High School volleyball game starting at 7 p.m. Thursday will raise money for the Kaplans to help cover funeral and medical expenses. Benjamin Kaplan, a senior at Briar Woods, was seriously injured in the Sept. 8 accident and is still hospitalized. His two younger sisters, Emma and Sophia, were also injured in the crash and are recovering at home.
Briar Woods High School Principal Christopher O’Rourke said he and Briar Woods science teacher Josh Mosser visited Benjamin in Inova Fairfax Hospital after the accident; Mosser has worked with the Kaplan family since fall of 2016, when Benjamin enrolled as a new student at Briar Woods. They talked with his father, Faran Kaplan, about what the school community could do to help support them in their recovery.
The school’s new assistant athletic director, Mike Benson, and members of the school’s new Varsity Club, suggested turning this week’s volleyball game into a fundraiser for the family. The Falcons will host the Potomac Falls Panthers.
“We were looking at different ways to support the family of Ben Kaplan. They thought this would be a good way for us to give back,” O’Rourke said.
Members of the Varsity Club also designed T-shirts that read #kaplanstrong that will be sold for $10 at the game. All proceeds from admissions and T-shirt sales will be donated to the family.
O’Rourke expects families from several Ashburn schools to pack the stands tomorrow in support of the Kaplans. He knows of students from Stone Bridge and Rock Ridge high schools who plan to attend, and Emma and Sophia Kaplan are students at Brambleton Middle School.
“It’s our intention to fill the gym,” O’Rourke said, “and do anything we can to give back to a family in a tragic situation.”
The volleyball game will be played at Briar Woods High School, 22525 Belmont Ridge Road in Ashburn.
A GoFundMe page has also been set up to raise money for the Kaplans. As of Wednesday morning, $131,222 had been raised.