$10,000 donation starts 'Wally Bucks' effort for restaurants

Apr 30, 2020 By Katie Roenigk, Staff Writer

A 1973 Riverton High School alumnus is donating $10,000 to help local restaurants during the ongoing coronavirus pandemic.

John Dilday made the gift on behalf of the RHS All Class Reunion scheduled for July 17-18 at the Riverton Country Club, according to an e-mail Thursday from Julie Buller, the chief local organizer of the reunion.

She said several other local organizations have joined Dilday, contributing almost $5,000 more to the donation total for local restaurants.

Buller said Dilday will be participating in this week's Friday night cruise, which has become a weekly tradition in Riverton during the coronavirus outbreak.

"Be sure to watch for him!" she said.

She also encouraged cruisers to participate in a fundraiser that will take place during this week's event, when "Wally Bucks" - worth $20 at participating local restaurants - will be sold for $10 each at the Post Office on Main Street and in the Java Java parking lot up the hill on West Main.

"There are limited Wally Bucks for each participating restaurant," Buller said. "(It's) first come, first served."

The Wally Bucks cannot be redeemed for cash and must be used to purchases at the participating restaurants, which will be listed on the back of each Wally Buck.

The Wally Bucks are named in honor of the RHS Wolverines mascot.

Funds raised through the sale will be donated to tlocal non-profit entities: Veterans Hall, the Riverton Medical District and Eagle's Hope Transitions.

"It's a win-win for Riverton," Buller said. "(Money is) going to local restaurants, the consumer gets a 50 percent discount to eat out at their favorite restaurants, and three non-profit organizations receive money."

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