IRON RIVER--Don McDonald, a member of the 12-person committee heading up the drive to raise funds for the endowment of a scholarship fund in the memory of the late Charles Kralovec who served the West Iron County school system for 36 years, recently said, “We want to correct a misconception that there is a bias associated with the fund.”
McDonald, himself a coach and teacher in the West Iron County school system for 32 years, said, “When we sent out our first mailing announcing that the annual scholarship would go to a senior male athlete, we had some responses from folks who did not like the idea that the scholarship would be for boys only.”
McDonald added, “Unfortunately, those folks were not aware of the fact that a scholarship for girls only had already been established three years ago in the name of Yvonne Kralovec, Charlie’s wife, who spent all her many adult years working with the West Iron County school system girls’ basketball program. Today, two very capable young ladies are attending a college with assistance from a Yvonne Kralovec scholarship.”
Said McDonald, “We think that a scholarship to honor Mr. Kralovec’s memory and contributions, a scholarship that will be awarded to a male senior athlete, is entirely appropriate. Mr. Kralovec’s work was solely with the boys in all sports.”
Jay Barry, another member of the Charles Kralovec Scholarship, said, “I second Don McDonald’s thoughts. During the more than 44 years of my relationship with WIKB radio station, I worked closely with Charlie. He was the best, and he voluntarily gave of his time and effort unlike any other person I have known. Thus far, the response to our fund drive has been very discouraging.
“We fully understand that economically things are a little tough for everyone, but we do ask the many, many folks whose children once had the benefit of Mr. Kralovec’s work in our school system donate however much they can to honor his memory.”
Charles Kralovec passed away on Feb. 2, 2012, at the age of 79. He attended the Marinette Catholic Schools. He graduated from Lady of Lourdes High School where he was class president, editor of the school’s student newspaper, quarterback on the football team and captain of the basketball team. He was also the catcher on Menominee’s 1950 Upper Peninsula champion American Legion baseball team.”
For many years he volunteered as the popular voice on the public address announcement for all Wykon home football games.
McDonald pointed out, “Because all donations and management of the Charles J. Kralovec Scholarship Fund will be completely under the supervision of the Foundation For Educational Opportunity for West Iron County Schools, all donations to the fund are tax-deductible.”
McDonald said checks should be made payable to the: Kralovec Scholarship/WIC Foundation. Checks should be delivered to the WIC offices or mailed to: Kralovec Scholarship/WIC Foundation, P.O. Box 71, 700 Washington Av., Stambaugh, MI 49964. Further information is available by calling (906) 265-9218.
In its original announcement of the scholarship fund drive, the committee noted, “In keeping with Charlie’s background and volunteer work, the scholarship recipient will be selected based on four criteria: an award to a male athlete who has performed in any sport, achieves good academic performance, exhibits leadership among his fellow students and has been involved in various community-wide activities.”
The members of the scholarship committee are McDonald, Barry, Rick Angeli, John Aspey, Harold Bernhardt, Bob Hillabrandt, Jim Kralovec, Dave Mangone, Nora Petrucelli, Don Ruck, Johnny Warra and Gene Wodzinski.