LaVallee fundraising effort tops $8,000

Organizers of the recently completed Blazin’ Thru Bertram – Phil LaVallee Memorial Run have released fundraising totals collected at the Sept. 14 event.
LaVallee, a 2012 Monticello High School graduate who was preparing to begin his sophomore year at South Dakota State University, was hit and killed by a van while running on a county road Aug. 8.
Monticello Community Center Director Kitty Baltos said net proceeds of $7,956 from the run and walk were donated to the Friends of Bertram.
The first-year fundraising total included an anonymous donation of $5,000, Baltos said, adding the Bertram Advisory Council voted at its last meeting to name a trail in the park for LaVallee.
The Friends of Bertram will determime how to identify this trail for park users, she said.

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