*This story first appeared in The Budget’s July 11, 2018, Local Edition.
It was nearly a perfect day for golf on Saturday, June 23, when teams took the links at Willandale Golf Club in Sugarcreek as part of the annual Jim Wright Memorial Golf Tournament.
The event is held to honor the memory of the late James “Jim” R. Wright, who passed away in July 2013 after battling non-Hodgkins
Lymphoma. Wright was the director of STAR (Social Training Academic Remediation) Alternative School in New Philadelphia. He was passionate about his work but loved his students even more. STAR School serves at-risk kids from school districts in the area. In March 2010, Wright, who also served in the US Navy for 20 years, made it his mission to build a better school.
He was so serious about this mission that he placed a note on his refrigerator at home (with strong support from his loving wife Ida), and it read as follows: “My hope is that a clean, safe building large enough to educate 100 Star Alternative School children will be funded without an additional burden being placed on taxpayers.”
After Wright’s death, his family made the decision to start a foundation in his name. Its sole purpose is to raise enough money to one day build a new school that is specifically designed for at-risk children, a school that those kids can also be proud of. The James R. Wright STAR Alternative School Building Fund was founded in November of 2013 and is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization. In less than five years, the foundation has raised close to $30,000, thanks in large part to donations from local businesses, individual contributions, as well as money raised during the golf outing. This year was a record year with over $5,500 raised.
This year’s winning team, Team Mills, included the following players: John Dunn, Tim Mills, Shawn Mills, Ryan Mizer.
“We would like to thank everyone that took part in this year’s Jim Wright Memorial Golf Outing,” James Wright stated of the event that included 27 teams. “In addition to the golfers, we also want to thank all of the volunteers that made this event happen. Without the support of the community, this great event would not happen.”
To learn more about the foundation or to make a donation to the cause, visit the foundation’s website: www.wrightforkids.org