Being an avid bowler and golfer himself, the former high
school coach saw to it that many others enjoyed sports through his generosity. In 1965, he got into the beer distributing
business which allowed him the opportunity to sponsor hundreds of basketball, softball, baseball, and golf league
teams in the Centralia area.
Since his passing, the Bud Donnewald Memorial Golf Tournament was established to benefit athletic
projects and scholarships throughout the area. The tournament raised $325,000 in its thirteen year
run from 1984 to 1996. Being a former manager of the Carlyle team in the Clinton County baseball
league, his Donnewald Distributing Co. has been the
only sponsor since the formation of the Centralia
Budís in the same league.