Thursday, November 22, 2001

Brothers fondly recalled

By Sarah Buehrle
Enquirer Contributor

        WILDER — Like most people around Thanksgiving, friends and family of Brian and Kenneth Williams gathered Wednesday to reminisce and talk about high school.

        The nearly 1,000 people who gathered to honor the two Covington men who died — one in a fall from a skywalk, one in the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks in New York — gazed at photo montages.

        The event was a fund-raiser for Covington Catholic High School to commemorate the brothers.

        “Kenny was fun-loving, which is what we're trying to do here tonight, have fun and raise a lot of money in Kenny and Brian's honor,” said David Thiel, former University of Kentucky college roommate of Kenny.

 Brian Williams
Brian Williams
        Brian Williams was an Edgewood man who died in the World Trade Center attacks.

        His brother Kenneth died in 1994.

        The two men are survived by parents Kenneth and Kate Williams, and siblings Andy and Tara.

        More than $40,000 from ticket sales and donations had been collected before the evening officially started, Mr. Thiel said.

        “It has just been a major outpouring of love and support for the family,” said Mr. Williams, father of Kenneth and Brian.

        “It's just overwhelming.”

        Proceeds from the event and from donations will go to Covington Catholic High School, where Brian, Kenneth, their brother Andy and their father attended.

        National corporations and friends donated dozens of exotic items to be raffled or put up for bid to benefit the Williams fund. A three-day rental for a convertible Jaguar; a weeklong stay in a Cabo San Lucas condominium; and a San Francisco Giants weekend, including six luxury box tickets coupled with a stay for two at a hotel, air fare included, were among the items up for bid.

        A commemorative Makers Mark bottle bearing the Williamses' name, Bengals tickets and a Sammy Sosa jersey were also donated for the fund-raiser.

        Scott Spivey, 31, said that the turnout and the feelings of friendship at the event were a reflection of Brian and Kenny.

        “As a father of two girls now, (I can say that) Brian would be the type of guy that I would love for either of my girls to bring home, from his personality, his morality, and all-round just being a fun person.” he said.

        Mr. Spivey, who met Brian in the fourth grade, said, “He's truly one of the best humans that I've had the pleasure of being around.”

        Mr. Williams said that he wanted the proceeds to go to CovCath because of his boys' experiences at the school. Money will be divided to help pay for a new building and to create scholarships for future Covington Catholic students and for alumni working through college.

        “The CovCath community has become like a family,” Mr. Williams said. “My boys both cherished the community down there and their educations. Also, both Kenny and Brian got through college basically on their own. We would like to help kids under similar circumstances get a college education. Once they're there, if they're anything like Kenny and Brian, they'll find a way to stay there.”

        Donations can be sent to the Kenneth and Brian Williams fund by contacting any Fifth Third Bank.


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