Phil Mickelson donates $10,000 to help build high-school track in honor of woman's dying wish
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Phil Mickelson donates $10,000 to help build high-school track in honor of woman’s dying wish

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These days, Phil Mickelson draws as much attention for his all-time great Twitter account and social media presence, but the five-time major winner quietly did something even more special recently.

Mickelson sent a $10,000 check to Palmer High School in Massachusetts, with the caveat the money should be used to build a new track in memory of Lisa Domnarski, a local woman whose last wish was to get the facility built for her old high school.

According to, Domnarski’s husband, Matthew, shared the gift on Facebook.

“Thank you, Lefty!” he wrote. “It’s been one month and two days since she passed away and this second generous celebrity support means a lot to me.”

Mickelson isn't the only sports legend to contribute to this growing fund. Shaquille O'Neal committed $2,500 to the fund recently as well.

The $12,500 contributed between the two is part of a tally of some $100,000 as part of an effort to raise $500,000 for the new track. Mr. Domnarski started the fund after his wife died from complications related to a 20-foot fall from a hay loft on their family farm in July. The couple ran track and field together in high school on the old track, and two of their children competed in track and field at Palmer High School. In fact, that was how the pair met in 1982.

The online fundraiser ends Sept. 6, which would have been Lisa Domnarski's 51st birthday.

With the contributions from Mickelson and O’Neal, as well as donations from Country Bank, the fund is now over $100,000. But time is running short. The fundraiser ends September 6, which would have been Lisa’s 51st birthday.

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