We started out as the “Tyler2Miler” and held a memorial walk around Windsor Lake to raise funds to assist marching band students with class fees. Tyler was a huge music fan and wanted students to be able to participate without worrying about cost so this was our way to help out those who wanted to be a part of the band program. This fund raiser was such a success that we held another walk on the second anniversary of Tyler’s unfortunate death.
By the 3rd year, the WHS Marching Band was invited to participate in the 75th Anniversary of the Pearl Harbor Attack. Tyler prompted his mom to do something to help out with getting the band there. Therefore the “Tyler2Miler” was changed to a 5K Fun Run/Walk called, “The 5K to Pearl Harbor.” The Pep Band provided the music/entertainment and we had over 200 participants running and walking around Windsor Lake. With the support of local businesses our fundraising efforts allowed us to raise $11,500 which was donated to the Marching Band to help with the trip’s expenses.
It is now 2017 and we are getting ready for the 4th Annual Fun Run/Walk around Windsor Lake in memory of Tyler. Because of the success of this fundraiser and the amount of people we have been able to help, we were prompted to create “Tyler’s Legacy: A Charitable Non-Profit Organization.” Tyler’s Legacy was granted 501(c)(3) status on February 13, 2017. The fundraiser to help the marching band students is now going to be called, “The Wizard Magic 5K.” We will expand what we do and provide assistance to other community members/organizations who are need of help.
Tyler’s Legacy is in it’s infancy. We will be growing in many ways. Please follow along and if you’d like to volunteer at any of our events, send us an shout out. We’d love to have you tag along.