Big turnout for Ron Porter Cancer Benefit Saturday

Ron Porter and his family were surrounded by his former students and players at Ron Porter Night at Wolverine Gymnasium Saturday afternoon. Porter is battling liver cancer. Wyotoday photo by Erick Pauley

Saturday marked the largest crowd so far this season for a Riverton Wolverines basketball game and it was for a good reason. The day was promoted as a benefit for long-time Riverton educator and Coach Ron Porter, who is battling liver cancer. He coached both the RHS Boys and Girls teams and, early in his career, coached in Cody.

At half-time of the boy’s game, former players and students streamed on the floor of the gym to honor Porter.

There was also a silent and live auction to raise funds for Porter’s treatments. Cody’s newest celebrity resident, Kanye West, personally donated two pair of Yeezy shoes for the auction, one of which took ing $3,010.

Many in attendance said it was a heartfelt expression of support from the public to Porter, who has been an integral part of the Riverton community for decades.  

Former students and players of Coach Ron Porter showed him a lot of love Saturday night.
Wyotoday photo by Erick Pauley
Supports of the coach also wore commemorative tee-shirts.
Wyotoday photo by Erick Pauley