Warren 'Sneak' Lewis

Warren 'Sneak' Lewis

Dinner, silent auction to honor slain deputy’s memory

By Brie Handgraaf

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Tickets still are available for a dinner and silent auction in memory of a Nash County deputy who was killed in the line of duty.

Warren “Sneak” Lewis was killed in June 2011 while attempting to serve murder warrants in Kinston with other members of the U.S. Marshal’s Eastern North Carolina Violent Fugitive Task Force. A few months after his death, Lewis’ widow, Shannon, said the idea for the Warren “Sneak” Lewis Law Enforcement Foundation evolved into reality.

The Warren “Sneak” Lewis Law Enforcement Foundation is sponsoring the event from 5 to 8 p.m. Saturday in the Business & Industry Center at Nash Community College. Tickets are $20 with Parkers Barbecue Restaurant of Greenville serving dinner at 6 p.m.

“This fundraiser was held in July of last year, but we decided to make it earlier this year to separate it from the 5K we have in September,” said Nash County sheriff’s Lt. Dennis Wooten, foundation board member.

The money raised from the events goes toward helping area public safety officers in need as well as to fund four scholarships for high school students this year.

“Last year we were unable to do the scholarships because we hadn’t completed our nonprofit status, but this year we are ready to support those seeking careers in public safety with scholarships,” Wooten said.

The 2012 dinner and auction netted between $7,500 and $8,000, which Wooten said was indicative of the support for Sneak and his legacy.

“We have everything from jewelry and women’s handbags to firearms and cornhole boards made in Sneak’s honor,” Wooten said. “We have about 45 items, and we’ve still got a few things coming in.”

For information on how to purchase tickets, call Wooten at 459-1539 or email 
sneaklewisfoundation@gmail.com.

Thousands of dollars worth of silent auction items have been donated, included signed sports memorabilia, gift certificates, sun glasses and tickets to a Carolina Panthers game.

“This foundation is not the board members’ foundation. We are just the facilitators,” Wooten said. “This foundation is for those in the community who knew Sneak, knew what he is about and want to support efforts to continue honoring him by giving back to the community and these fundraisers allow us to do that.”