Philanthropist Piazzo Passes Away

Local philanthropist Link Piazzo has died. Piazzo served during World War II as a pilot and donated $1 million to the Nevada Humane Society for its new regional center on Longley Lane. The dog park in Hidden Valley is also named after him. And he donated money to the University of Nevada and Reno High School. Piazzo was the original “Voice of the Wolf Pack,” broadcasting University of Nevada football and basketball games beginning in the 1940s. He and his brother, Chet, opened The Sportsman sporting goods store in 1938, which remained in business for more than 60 years. The Washoe County Medical Examiner says Piazzo passed away from a heart-related disease. He was 95 years old.