The Dylan Reichelt Memorial Fund has gotten a $5,000 boost from a prominent member of the B.C. Lions.
Wally Buono, the football club’s vice-president of operations and general manager, announced the donation on Feb. 27. That date is nearly one year since Buono stepped down as head coach of the Lions after winning his fifth Canadian Football League coach of the year award.
The memorial fund was established by the Lions’ long-time therapist, Bill Reichelt, who lost his son Dylan in a car accident in 2011.
The fund works to make a difference in the lives of young people.
“Dylan was a tremendous person who routinely put the happiness and well-being of others first and the fund strives to carry out what we believe was important to him,” said Bill Reichelt.
“My wife Cathy and I very grateful for the support of Wally and the entire Lions family.
“His generosity will go a long way to making a difference in our community.”
In addition to providing a $1,000 annual scholarship to a student-athlete at Dylan’s former high school Brookswood Secondary, the fund has also helped establish a new weight room at the school. Other efforts include the establishment of the Langley Minor Hockey Referee of the Year Award as well as an annual donation to the Maple Leaf Junior Golf Tour.
With the support of all eight CFL clubs in conjunction with CFL Auctions, the Dylan Reichelt Memorial Fund Society will make available eight fully autographed team helmets from the 2012 season.
Fans wishing to donate can bid on the helmets here.