Bill D. Riley
This scholarship fund was established to honor the life of Bill Riley and to carry on his legacy.
In 1993, through the miracle of organ donation, Bill received the gift of a heart transplant. At the time, his doctors gave him five years to live. He passed away in May 2019, nearly 26 years after receiving his new heart. Bill loved life and he knew that every day was a gift.
Bill worked with kids of all ages for many years as a teacher and school counselor. He was a natural teacher and was the type of person who people gravitated to because he listened and inspired. He never lost his love of teaching and was always interested in learning new things. When he passed it was hard to accept that this very essence of his existence was silent.
When thinking how we could honor his life, we thought of Petersen Family Farm. Bill and his wife, Loreli, watched the farm grow and become an integral part of the community. Bill loved going to the farm. When the market grew, he enjoyed wandering around the store; he loved the fresh corn and tomatoes, and the chili roast in the fall. He enjoyed the Friday Food Trucks, the pumpkins and the Christmas tree lot. Bill and Loreli have participated in the Simple Share program since the beginning. He looked forward to every Saturday when we picked up the share. The people in the market were always so kind and helpful.
We want others to experience the same kind of connection to the land and the farm that Bill was lucky to have. We can think of no better way to carry on his legacy than to help and encourage kids to become involved with the farm through Fam Camp. At the camp, children learn, grow, and discover. They touch the magic that is infused everywhere in the land, learning through experience. They’re immersed in the language of nature and learn the kind of self-sufficiency and confidence that they’ll carry with them into the rest of their lives.
For more information about the scholarship and to apply, please click here.