Eau Claire (WQOW) – A local fisherman’s legacy lives on, still making an impact on the Eau Claire area years after his death.
Wednesday, the Kyle Keith REEL Fishing Memorial got a check for $7,000 – raised in partnership with Dunkin’ Donuts – where Keith used to work.
He died after his boat capsized in Dells Pond in 2016.
The Kyle Keith REEL Fishing Memorial Foundation provides resources toward water safety education, strengthening fish habitats and encouraging others to enjoy fishing.
“To be able to not only remember him but remember all of those other individuals who may have lost their lives due to drowning and to help maybe prevent that in the future,” said Dunkin’ Donuts Executive Assistant Krista Kenyon.
“We hope it means a lot to Kyle that we’re continuing on his memory and he is leaving a legacy of promoting that water and boating safety as well as the good fishing because on a day like today if we hasn’t working he would be fishing,” said Kyle’s sister, Kristan Motszko.
Over the past four years the foundation has donated about $42,000 toward continuing water safety and fish habitat rehab.