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Honoring Damon

Donation made in memory of late football player

November 14, 2013
Westfield Republican / Mayville Sentinel News

By Nicole Gugino

BROCTON - With a donation to the school to increase sports safety, Damon Janes is far from forgotten.

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Photo by Scott Reagle
Section VI officials present Damon Janes’ mother Penny with an official Section VI championship patch during halftime of the Class D game.

Brocton Board of Education President Doug Walter said he was invited by the Janes family to the InvisionHealth Foundation Celebrity Masquerade Ball Nov. 1 at Salvatore's Italian Gardens in Buffalo.

"(Nov. 1), Damon Janes parents, Dean and Penny and the rest of the family invited myself and my wife Nicole and the Whitmers, to a masquerade ball put on by the InvisionHealth Foundation. ...

We had a nice dinner but the best part of it was they had myself, Dean and Penny come up and InvisionHealth presented Brocton Central School with a check for $2,500 and there will be another $2,500 (donated) after the start of the year," Walter said.

InvisionHealth's mission is to educate and provide patients with the resources to optimize health and well-being, increase community awareness and fund research for the treatment of brain and spine disorders. Damon Janes passed away Sept. 16 after an injury during a football game.

Walter said the donation will go to Brocton School District to help improve sports safety awareness and education.

"I talk to Dean and Penny quite a bit and they would like this used, and so would InvisionHealth, for sports safety awareness and education and the improvement of safety in youth sports," he said.

"I think what happened was a tragedy but I always tell Dean and Penny that he's doing big things up in heaven," he added.

The school was also presented with a plaque which reads, "In Loving Memory of Damon Janes, 'Excellence is to do a common thing in an uncommon way."

The board will hold a special meeting on Nov. 20 at 7 p.m. to certify taxes and will hold its board retreat on Dec. 2.



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