RICHLAND COUNTY, SC (WIS) - "Once a shamrock, always a shamrock." -- that's the motto for Bruce Trezevant, class of '86 from Eau Claire High School. Trezevant founded the Eau Claire Alumni Association.
Five years later, the group has grown to 3,000 including Lexington County Sheriff James Metts, Columbia Councilwoman-elect Leona Plaugh, and the Miami Heat's Jermaine O'neal.
"We want to show the young kids that they have something to be proud of by going to Eau Claire High School," said Trezevant.
The association holds different fundraisers to support its mentoring program and award scholarships to deserving students.
"We were kind of surprised when when we went to one particular customer, he's backed us a lot and he said I already wrote the check, $150 to you and I'm like no we didn't get it," Trezevant said.
Trezevant says the impersonator used a plain white flier, but the group only uses the school colors for fliers: green and orange.
Trezevant says he's certain that there are other victims. The alumni association will still honor donations made to the impersonator. "We're going to honor that because we are proud shamrocks, we're going to do the right thing regardless of how it came about," he said.
While Trezevant worries about meeting his monetary goals, all events will still go on as planned.
"It's going to be even bigger because they just put another fire on what we're trying to do," said Trezevant.
And he believes that there's always a lesson to be learned. "We can't stop when trouble arises because what are we showing our kids, do they stop when they run into a bump, so we can't stop," he said.
The best way to make a donation is through the association's website or by mailing a check to P.O. Box 3601 Columbia, SC 29230.