Drew Reynolds was an avid softball player, soccer player, fisherman and all around great sportsman. He was an awesome father, husband and friend.
Reynolds worked for United Parcel Service for 12 years when he was killed on January 6, 2004, in an auto accident, by a man on methamphetamine.
What his brother-in-law, Mike Malarae started in honor of him and to help Reynolds’ young daughters start a college fund has turned into a Memorial weekend tradition. The Drew Reynolds Memorial Softball Tournament honors Reynolds and others we have lost in our community. The money raised now goes to projects in and around our community.
Every year the funds are directed to different organizations in need. The main focus is adolescent drug prevention and education programs through CoRR (Community Recovery Resources).
These funds have supported drug prevention assemblies at the local high school, where Baylee, Drew’s oldest daughter, was able to speak on how you don’t have to be the one doing drugs for your life to be affected by them.
She was also a guest speaker at an open air concert that we helped fund put on by the Coalition for a Drug Free Nevada County.
These funds are also donated to Anew Day, a non profit organization that offers counseling free of charge to our community. Anything from drug and suicide to grief counseling, they are there to help.
These funds have helped a family pay for medical bills after a tragic accident paralyzed a young mother, and another family with burial costs of their teenager.
Recently, the family of Drew has graciously decided to allow the Rotary Club of Penn Valley to carry on the legacy and host the tournament. Penn Valley Rotary hopes to do the legacy justice.
The tournament will be held on May 24-25 at Gateway Park in Penn Valley.