26 years ago today we woke up to the reality Brian was gone. The news of his drowning was just starting to filter out into the community. The search and rescue teams were out on the Bay of Green Bay and they would continue the search for 5 grueling days. Brian would eventually be found by a volunteer boater, who happened to be his 6th grade teacher. Our family was so blessed by the family, friends and the community who surrounded us during this time of shock and sadness.
Thanks to the many donors at Brian’s memorial service, the Brian LaViolette Scholarship Foundation was created in 1992. That next Spring the first annual Brian LaViolette Scholarship was awarded at DePere High School. At that time, we would have never dreamed that so many great things would happen with the Foundation. On the day of Brian’s funeral, we promised that in his name and memory we would accomplish great things. And thanks to you, we have been able to keep that promise. 838 Scholarships have been awarded to date for a total of $727,720.
One scholarship a year has turned into over 55 annually. We have heard from people and students all around the world how they have been inspired by Brian and the Foundation. And just as importantly, we have been inspired by all of you. On a daily basis we are reminded of hope, love and commitment. Thank you.