A group of runners ran in memory of a fallen member of their community on Thursday at the Lancaster-Depew Boys and Girls Club 10K race. The 36th annual event was held on the streets in the Village of Lancaster.

The late Matt Perillo, a longtime volunteer at the Club, was in the hearts and on the minds of 19 runners who covered the course as part of Team Perillo.

Perillo was also a well-respected football and basketball official in Western New York and an employee of the Lancaster Recreation Department. He died in his sleep in June, 18 months after having both feet amputated, the result of contracting septicemia, a bacteria in the blood. He was 48 years old.

The idea of honoring Perillo at the race was conceived by Lancaster councilman Ron Ruffino. “My thanks to all for participating in an effort to keep Matt’s courageous and inspirational spirit alive,” he said.

Perillo’s wife, Karen, was at the event to support the Team.

Before the race, the Team had raised $1,445. The proceeds will be donated to the Boys & Girls Club.

Anyone wishing to made additional donations can mail them or drop them off to: 150 Pleasant View Drive by July 11.