You’ve probably never heard of Bob Walrich. He prefers it that way. But no one in the five years of Life Remodeled has shared more of his personal treasure with the mission to remodel lives… one neighborhood at a time.
You have to go back to early August 2014 to a steamy hallway at Cody High School. Life Remodeled’s first school-based neighborhood project was wrapping up. Bob and his family were getting a tour of Cody High from Chris Lambert after he agreed to donate $30,000 toward completing a new football field at Cody. It was the project school leaders asked for above all else. But Chris told Bob that as amazing as the $30,000 donation was, the field needed 10 times that amount — $300,000 – to be finished. Bob huddled with his family. OK, they agreed, make it $300,000. And just like that, Hope Field – the name Bob chose – was a done deal.
“I didn’t know this is what God wanted me to do, but the Lord just led me,” he said.
At 73, Bob is retired – he once owned 18 companies under National Construction Enterprises. He splits time between South Lyon and Florida. He also once owned 18 collector cars. Now he has eight. Soon it will be seven.
Bob is donating his award-winning cherry red 1935 Chevrolet to be raffled for the benefit of Life Remodeled’s Denby project this summer. The car’s estimated worth is nearly $55,000.
“We didn’t come into this world with anything and we’re not leaving with anything,” Bob said. “The Lord has blessed me all my life. How many cars do you need?”
“Do not store up for yourselves treasures on earth, where moth and rust destroy, and where thieves break in and steal. But store up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where moth and rust do not destroy, and where thieves do not break in and steal.” Matthew 6:19-20