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Norton Stadium Project - Remembering BJ

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THE STORY:

UPDATE: Exciting news! Ground was broken on November 22, 2014 for the new stadium.

ALL DONATIONS WILL BENEFIT THE NORTON HIGH SCHOOL STADIUM PROJECT

BJ Ranier had a lifelong impact on everyone he met. Whether it was sports – football, track & field, golf – or other areas of his life, like Scouts where he earned the rank of Eagle Scout, he was a fierce competitor on and off the field. BJ lived his life motto “Be an athlete; Keep pounding” every day of his life.


BJ was diagnosed with Leukemia during his freshman year of college. He had to give up playing football and move closer to home for his treatment, but turned to coaching at his alma mater, Norton High School. At the same time he was going through treatment and coaching, BJ was a student at Kent State University majoring in Pathology. In his last semester, BJ would go to radiation at 7am and then to his chemistry class on campus. He wanted to become a Pathologist and help cure Leukemia – he never told his professors he had the disease. BJ fought a courageous four year battle against Leukemia and died on August 23, 2013, just weeks before his planned wedding at the age of 22.

THE PROJECT: BJ left a legacy at Norton High School, not just in sports but in the lives of those he touched. A new high school and stadium will be built in Norton and a life size fighting panther on the attack sculpture will be an integral part of the new stadium. Local artist, Virgil Villers will design and create the sculpture. “What a great tribute to BJ and his love for life, sports, and his school which was such an important part of his life. I am so happy I can be part of his legacy.”

Mr. Villers is donating his time to create the sculpture but we need to raise the funds for materials, casting, and placement. We hope to raise $20,000 by this campaign and events that will be hosted to support the project and have it completed by the time the new high school and stadium complex is completed in 2015.

He dug his heels in and never wavered, no matter the opponent, no matter the disfavor. He grinned and bared it and now he can rest – Forever our hero, forever the best!

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To This Fundraiser

$1,875

MONEY RAISED
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  • Martin P Hall Jr and Family

    $100

  • Steve and Stephanie Poholski

    $100

  • Brandi, Chris, Caleb, & Logan Frey

    $50

  • Rick, Robin, Killian, Callaghan & McKian Walker

    $100

  • Kimberly Pierce-Boggs

    $100

  • Brian & Judi Gribble Class of 1981

    $100

  • Jim Parker

    $500

  • Joe & Kelley Cali

    $100

  • Kyle, Michelle and Sarah Witner

    $100

  • Tim, Donna & Sarah Longfellow

    $50

  • Joe & Chris Kaisk

    $100

  • Magic City Motorcars

    $100

  • Jen Wells

     

  • Nick Stavarz

    $200

  • Bob & Linda Wise (Wunderlich)

    $150

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13% Raised of $15,000 Goal

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The Team: $1,875 TOTAL RAISED SO FAR

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Fundraiser Title

Remembering BJ

Amount Raised

$775

 

5% Raised of $15,000 Goal

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Martin P Hall Jr

Amount Raised

$700

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Nick Stavarz

Amount Raised

$200

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Kimberly Pierce-Boggs

Amount Raised

$100

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Kyle Witner

Amount Raised

$100

Donor Comments

Bob & Linda Wise (Wunderlich)

Bob & Linda Wise (Wunderlich)

DONATION: $150

3 years ago

Nick Stavarz

Nick Stavarz

DONATION: $200

Go Panthers! 3 years ago

Jen Wells

Jen Wells

3 years ago

Magic City Motorcars

Magic City Motorcars

DONATION: $100

3 years ago

Joe & Chris Kaisk

Joe & Chris Kaisk

DONATION: $100

3 years ago

Tim, Donna & Sarah Longfellow

Tim, Donna & Sarah Longfellow

DONATION: $50

God bless BJ. We didn't know him personally, but his spirit resonates throughout the students and Norton High School. Happy to support this project in his memory. 3 years ago

Kyle, Michelle and Sarah Witner

Kyle, Michelle and Sarah Witner

DONATION: $100

3 years ago

Joe & Kelley Cali

Joe & Kelley Cali

DONATION: $100

3 years ago

Jim Parker

Jim Parker

DONATION: $500

I have many memories of the old Norton Field! 3 years ago

Brian & Judi Gribble Class of 1981

Brian & Judi Gribble Class of 1981

DONATION: $100

3 years ago