Jim Rivett's Spirit lives on

Before the untimely death of community leader Jim Rivett last August, Brian's Foundation was working on a time we could award him the Brian LaViolette Spirit Award. We had the opportunity yesterday as we remembered Jim and celebrated his life in presenting the Spirit Award in Jim's honor to his husband, Pete. The moving ceremony took place at Jim's business, KHROME, with his team of co-workers, family and Pete's dog, Jimmy.

Jim Rivett, photo by Frievalt Photography

Jim Rivett, photo by Frievalt Photography


Without realizing it, chances are you have probably seen Jim and his teams' work. From the creation of Brian's logo over 25 years ago, Jim and his team, including Gregg Schneider, continually guided us to keep brand standards and develop unique ways to share Brian's story and the Foundation-from the schools, scholarship recipients, their parents, donors, the community and those interested worldwide. Their work for the Foundation has been in the hands of thousands and thousands of lives throughout Northeastern Wisconsin and beyond.

Pete with Jim's sister, Jean

Pete with Jim's sister, Jean


As many in the community, we miss Jim dearly. He will forever remain in our hearts and we are grateful to his dedicated team, now a part of Elevate 97, who also have big hearts and passion to make a difference in our community.

Gregg Schneider with the newest member of the KHROME team, Jimmy.

Gregg Schneider with the newest member of the KHROME team, Jimmy.


Since 2011 the Brian LaViolette Spirit Award has served as a recognition for a select group of individuals who demonstrate exceptional leadership, commitment and extraordinary compassion. The recipients selflessly give of themselves to improve their community and to Brian's Foundation.

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You can find more on the award and past recipients here: www.briansjourney.com/spirit-award

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“After receiving this scholarship, I know that every morning I need to represent this scholarship with kindness, compassion, and love for those around me as both Ken Hess and those who surrounded him would have done.

I feel a pull to be the best version of myself in honor of this scholarship. I hope to be a better person each day because of this.”

Madison Wommack, 2019 Ken Hess Scholarship of Honor, Asheville NC. Madison will be attending University of North Carolina- Chapel Hill to pursue a degree in medicine.

Congratulations to Cadet First Lieutenant Matthew Niemi for receiving the 2019 Tom Hudner Scholarship of Honor

Please help us congratulate Civil Air Patrol Cadet Matthew Niemi and wish him well as he departed on June 18th to the United States Air Force.  He is attending basic training at Lackland Air Force Base, San Antonio, TX.

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“As a young child, I lived in a foreign country and experienced first-hand what it is like not to have freedom. Being raised in a military household, taking advantage of what this great country has to offer, and realizing the amazing freedom this country has, it really makes me want to give back and uphold that freedom that is seen nowhere else in the world.

Protecting the people of the United States was my goal and now is a dream come true. I am excited to join the Armed Forces this year and see what opportunities it has in store. This scholarship will help with my future career in the Air Force. I am very thankful for the Brian LaViolette Foundation recognizing those going into public service sectors.”

Left to right: Lt Col. Stephen Kohler, David Konrath, Matthew Niemi, Doug LaViolette and Lt Col Robert Koehler, Northeast Group Commander, WI Wing CAP

Left to right: Lt Col. Stephen Kohler, David Konrath, Matthew Niemi, Doug LaViolette and Lt Col Robert Koehler, Northeast Group Commander, WI Wing CAP


The Tom Hudner Scholarship of Honor is sponsored by David Konrath and awarded through the  Wisconsin Wing Civil Air Patrol. 

“Matthew is such a deserving young man to receive the Thomas Hudner Scholarship of Honor and I know Tom is smiling down excited to see the next generation is in good hands.” – David Konrath, sponsor of the Tom Hudner Scholarship of Honor.

As a fighter pilot in the Korean War, Thomas Hudner routinely completed his missions by air. But in a dramatic rescue attempt of a fellow pilot, Hudner executed a wheels-up landing in enemy territory and found himself battling the elements on the ground. The snow and cold of December 1950 in North Korea found Hudner thinking not of himself or the enemy, but of one fellow Navy pilot, Ensign Jesse Brown, the Navy’s first African American aviator.


President Truman awarded Thomas Hudner the Congressional Medal of Honor on April 13, 1951 for his courageous actions.

2019 Brian LaViolette Scholarship Recipient 

Madelin Corrao describes herself in 150 characters as:

Principled, empathetic and humble. Loves to travel, experience life and my crazy dog.  Enjoys learning and eager to change my piece of the world.

Madelin received the Brian LaViolette Scholarship for $10,000 this week in a surprise visit during her interior design class at DePere High School.

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Through the administrative help of Partners in Education, one student was selected from about 4,000 Seniors in the Green Bay district.  A student from each of the 17 schools applies.  The committee narrows it down to 5 and our family, along with April of Partners in Education interview the finalists.

During the interview, we instantly felt Madelin's compassion and empathy.  She is driven to help others and is focused to becoming a nurse practitioner.  She has taken a Certified Nursing Assistant course at Bellin College in mornings before school started.   Madelin would also like to become fluent in Spanish and complete her clincials in South America before coming back to the community as a nurse.

She is enrolled in honors college at UW-Oshkosh.