GREEN BAY, Wis. (WFRV) – For nearly 30 years, the Brian LaViolette Scholarship Foundation has awarded over a thousand scholarships to college students worldwide. “My wife and I got involved in the foundation and agreed to lead this campaign,” says Michael Calawerts.

The campaign includes watches Brian LaViolette loved and collected before he died in a swimming accident in 1992. His family set up the foundation to honor him. Austin Rios and Brian were best friends growing up. “I always liked Brian because he wasn’t afraid of the deeper questions, and neither was I,” said Rios. Rios is currently a bishop priest living in Rome and prepared the cornerstone for receiving a watch from Pope Francis.