TAMPA, FL – (March 28, 2017) – Coach Bill Minahan, widely known as Wild Bill, began his football career at the University of Tampa and went on to become one of Tampa’s most memorable high school football coaches. During his twenty-eight-year career at Jesuit High School, Bill shepherded the Tigers to a championship title and earned a spot as a living legend for many Jesuit alumni who remain locally active in business and community service today.
Coach Minahan followed his retirement from Jesuit by spearheading a different sort of win during his personal fight against kidney disease. After a kidney transplant in 1986, which gave him twenty-seven more years with his family, friends and former students, Coach Minahan devoted his life to influencing others to recognize the importance of organ and tissue donation, and to help patients still awaiting their gift of life through transplantation. That tradition did not end with Coach Minahan’s passing in 2013.
The Wild Bill Memorial Luncheon is an open house style event to commemorate the life of Coach “Wild Bill” Minahan and his years of service promoting the DONATE LIFE message.
LifeLink Legacy Fund® hosts this event, in its ninth year on Friday, March 31 2017, from 11:30 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. at The Columbia Restaurant in historic Ybor City.
Fabulous raffle prizes and great food from The Columbia Restaurant are highlights of this event, overshadowed only by the memories shared about Coach Minahan and stories of the heroes who make life possible through organ and tissue donation. Guests will be invited to make voluntary financial donations in support of pre- and post- transplant patients in need of financial assistance, and information on registering to be a lifesaving organ and tissue donor will also be available.
Martha has remained an advocate for the lifesaving DONATE LIFE message through her work on the LifeLink Legacy Fund Board of Directors. Additionally, she helps to keep Bill’s legacy alive through the annual “Bill Minahan Award”, implemented in 2015, which honors stand-out high school students for their efforts to inspire, lead and set positive examples for the long-term betterment of our community.
LifeLink Legacy Fund is a 501(c) 3 established in 1990 to support LifeLink Foundation’s efforts in organ and tissue donation and transplantation. Over the last twenty-seven years, the Legacy Fund has emerged into a boundless support system for pre- and post- transplant patients in need of financial assistance. The Legacy Fund also provides funding for critical research and programs to improve organ and tissue donation and transplantation outcomes. To learn more about LifeLink Legacy Fund visit www.LifeLinkFoundation.org or call (800) 262-5775.