Nearly four months since his deadly plane crash, friends came to honor Donald "DJ" Fischer in Gettysburg. The 30-year-old died near Highmore when the aircraft hit a wind turbine killing three others, but the "DJ Grip It and Sip It" Memorial Scramble is preserving his memory.
"Fly on brother," Bill VanderVorst said.
"Fly on DJ, Fly On" was the theme today at the Gettysburg golfing event remembering pilot DJ Fischer. The organizers of the scramble are amazed with the amount of people celebrating their friend.
"Overwhelmed, happy does not cut it, overwhelmed," Bill VanderVorst said.
144 golfers teed off today for a nine-hole round. People also had a tailgating experience with tossing bean bags and seeing the RV the Fischer family used when DJ played football for SDSU. Judging by the type of person he was, his friends aren't surprised to see today's turnout.
"A friendly person. Anybody can talk with him. Anybody can get along with him. He was just a big gentle giant," Tyrone Kraft said.
The goal of the event was to raise $25,000, and through the turnout today and the donations from the community, the event organizers believe the money will be well over $30,000.
The eight-person committee that put the scramble together say the money will go to a good cause.
"We wanted to keep DJ with us at all time so we organized this to start a scholarship fund in his name," VanderVorst said.
The scholarship will go to a senior in the Gettysburg School District. Some of the money could go back into the community.
Fischer's wife Megan has dealt with a lot of heartbreak over the last few months, but she's happy for the support from her husband's friends. She also says the scholarship will help preserve his legacy.
"They will portray characteristics of DJ. They're going to be service workers and they're going to work hard and maybe be athletes, volunteer in the community, things like that. All the things that DJ was," Megan Fischer said.
So friends and family can know that even though he's no longer here, Fischer is still able to help the next generation's future take flight.