Wellington High School band gets big donation from Wilson family

Band to get new uniforms

WELLINGTON, Fla. - Fifteen years ago the band uniforms at Wellington High School were shiny and new.

But today, "they're tattered, they're old, they're worn out, they're coming apart," explained Lois Spatz of the Wolverine Band Booster Association

The band has been fundraising for years, trying to raise $71,000, enough to dress 130 music students and 21 majorettes.

"A lot of the students, when they're performing, have to be careful not to move a certain way to rip the uniforms," said Spatz.

The band's booster club was still about $40,000 short of its goal.

Until Thursday.

That's where William Wilson comes in. He's the father of Scott Wilson.

"Mainly to keep his memory alive, and do something that was good," said Wilson.

Scott Wilson, a 2004 graduate of Wellington High, was killed in a crash in 2010. The 23-year old was driving home in Wellington when a car, driven by polo mogul John Goodman, crashed into him.

"We were trying to figure out what to do, you could do a foundation, really we were thinking about doing something at Wellington High because he went there and made all his friends there," said Wilson.

Scott went on to the University of Central Florida after high school, with many of his friends he met in Wellington.

His father and step-mother say he'd be proud of the donation.

"The uniforms will actually have a label sewn into all of them that says 'In memory of Scott Wilson,'" he Wilson.

NewsChannel 5 received a sneak peak of the new uniforms this week.

Band members found out the news tonight.

"All he wanted was it to be in Scott's name in memory of his son so we're very happy to be a part of that," said Cathy Flora, the booster club's uniform chairperson.

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