Alison & Adam Memorial Fund Raises Nearly $90k For Roanoke TV Victims' Families
November 19, 2015 at 12:31 PM (PT)
NAB announced today that the ALISON & ADAM MEMORIAL FUND, established to support families of the victims of this summer’s ROANOKE TV shooting, has raised $88,175. The NATIONAL ASSOCIATION OF BROADCASTERS and the RADIO TELEVISION DIGITAL NEWS ASSOCIATION launched the fund to accept donations from broadcasters on behalf of ALISON PARKER and ADAM WARD, who were tragically killed AUGUST 26th by a former employee of WDBJ-TV ROANOKE, a CBS affiliate owned by SCHURZ COMMUNICATIONS.
Donations will be accepted for the FUND until NOVEMBER 30th.
Before year end, all proceeds from the fund will be distributed evenly in four contributions: 25% each to the families of PARKER and WARD; 25% to VICKI GARDNER, executive director, SMITH MOUNTAIN LAKE REGIONAL CHAMBER OF COMMERCE, who suffered gunshot wounds during the on-air shooting; and 25% to the COMMITTEE TO PROTECT JOURNALISTS (CPJ), a N.Y.-based organization dedicated to press freedom and protecting the rights of reporters to work without fear of reprisal. NAB previously donated $10,000 to CPJ following the murders of JAMES FOLEY and STEVEN SOTLOFF, AMERICAN journalists abducted and murdered while covering the SYRIAN CIVIL WAR.
"We're thankful for the tremendous outpouring of support from broadcasters across AMERICA for the families of these two young journalists," said NAB President GORDON SMITH. "ALISON and ADAM will live forever in our memories."
Before NOVEMBER 30th, contributions to the ALISON & ADAM MEMOIRAL FUND can be made by sending checks made out to:
NAB ALISON & ADAM MEMORIAL FUND
1771 N Street, N.W.
WASHINGTON, DC 20036
Those wishing to contribute online before NOVEMBER 30th can do so at www.nab.org/donate.