Get 2 the Point

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Nearly 28 years ago, a young man from De Pere died in a swimming accident in Door County.

Brian LaViolette was just 15 years old. Now, decades later, Brian’s legacy is helping hundreds of students afford higher education, through the Brian LaViolette Scholarship Foundation.

In the days and weeks after Brian’s death in 1992, parents Doug and Renee LaViolette along with younger sister Kim, set up a scholarship fund with the donations from family and friends.

They initially thought of awarding a single scholarship for about 10 years. Today the foundation has awarded 892 scholarships totaling $785,000.

In this episode of our Get 2 the Point podcast, we speak with Brian’s father Doug LaViolette about the journey.

He reflected on the time that has passed.

“It just seems unimaginable that our boy is 43…I think it’s hard for Renee and I to put our head around that. He’s forever young.” Doug has been able to witness what he calls “the good stuff”, the impact Brian’s foundation has on young people.

“It was our way of channeling our grief in part, so we could ‘do good’ in Brian’s name. So he wasn’t forgotten,”

Hear more about Brian’s legacy through the Brian LaViolette

Scholarship Foundation, in this episode of Get 2 the Point.

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