Wednesday, November 21, 2001

Williams event sold out

Fund-raiser to honor brothers who died young

By Sarah Buehrle
Enquirer Contributor

        WILDER — A fund-raiser tonight to honor a Kentucky man who died in the World Trade Center attack and his brother who died in 1994 is sold out.

        Brian Williams, a 1990 graduate of Covington Catholic High School who worked for Cantor Fitzgerald on the 104th floor of the World Trade Center, was killed in the Sept. 11 attack. His brother Kenneth, a 1986 CovCath grad, died in 1994 from injuries sustained in a fall in 1991.

 Brian Williams
Brian Williams
        Friends of the brothers began to formulate plans for a fund-raiser at Brian's prayer service after the World Trade Center attack. A committee of eight, including seven Covington Catholic graduates, has worked since Sept. 26 to bring recognition to the two.

        “Back in 1991, we were one year out of school and didn't really have much money,” said Drew Collins, a high school friend of Kenneth. “When something happens to one of your best friends, you want to do something — but financially and politically, we didn't have much. Unfortunately, what happened to Brian sparked doing something for both of them.”

        As of Tuesday, 943 tickets for the memorial fund-raiser were sold, which puts the event at capacity.

        Mr. Collins, who is the corporate sponsor chairman of the fund-raiser, said people who might show up at the door without a ticket will have to be turned away.

        Some proceeds will be directed to Covington Catholic to benefit the high school's new building, dedicated in part to the Williams brothers.

        Mr. Collins said the rest of the proceeds will be used to start financial aid scholarships for families who want their children to attend Covington Catholic and for CovCath alumni who need help paying for higher education.

        Those who want to donate to the Kenny and Brian Williams Fund but don't have a ticket to the Marquis Banquet Hall event can leave donations at the door tonight, or contact any Fifth Third Bank.


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