A scholarship fund has been started in honor of the memory of Riley Gleason, who passed away last summer in a tragic boating accident, devastating communities with the loss of the 21-year-old young man who had deep roots in St. Clair and the surrounding areas.
Kim Dubay, Treasurer of Woman’s Life Group 814, said that the group wanted to “honor Riley while giving back to the community” that mourns his loss. The Riley Gleason Memorial Scholarship will be given to a graduate of St. Clair High School.
The Woman’s Life group hopes to get the scholarship started this year and continue it on a yearly basis. To begin, Murphy Inn, a restaurant in St. Clair, will be donating a percentage of its profits on February 9 from 3-6 p.m.
The Woman’s Life group is also planning to auction raffle baskets to raise additional funds. Donations of raffle items can be dropped at the Chocolate Harbor in St. Clair. The Woman’s Life 814 Group will be matching the first $500 raised. The group will be working with St. Clair High School staff to select the scholarship winner, with the hopes of turning the community’s heartbreak into a lasting legacy that honors Riley, a beloved son, brother, and friend.
Reporting for WGRT, Karly Hurley.