WOODS CROSS – Todd Waltz was sent in to coach the Woods Cross Wildcats baseball team in 2006.
Following a season that saw the Wildcats get only a handful of wins in 2004, and eight in 2005, Waltz guided the Wildcats through what many called a Cinderella season.
In 2006, despite losing early in the 4A playoffs, Woods Cross went all the way to the semifinals before losing to Box Elder, all while under the guidance of Waltz.
Last week, tragedy struck the Waltz home when Todd passed away, and now his family and other community members are asking for assistance.
Waltz was serving as senior director of sales for Global Imaging at the time of his passing and did not have any life insurance, said Lisa Ward, one of the organizers of the event.
As a result, many community members in the Kaysville area decided to help the family out by putting together a fundraiser this Friday and Saturday at Davis High School.
The two-day event starts inside the Davis High School cafeteria and goes from 4 to 8 p.m. on Friday. There will be a silent auction, dessert auction and a dinner served for those who attend, Ward said.
On Saturday, the event will be held outside Davis High School from noon until 4 p.m. In the case of inclement weather, it will be moved inside.
That event will also feature a silent and dessert auction as well as a barbeque, Ward said.
Davis High baseball coach Dave Leo is also organizing the event, said Ward. Waltz was an assistant under Leo for many years.
For those who are not able to make the fundraiser dates, a trio of memorial funds has been set up in order to receive contributions toward the Waltz family expenses.
You can go to www.giveforward.com/toddwaltzmemorialfund or donate under Todd Waltz’s name at Wells Fargo Bank.
His local church has also set up an account in his name at Zion’s Bank, and donations will be accepted there.