ROANOKE (WSLS 10) – After the shooting deaths of WDBJ7 reporter Alison Parker and photographer Adam Ward, memorial funds and benefits were organized throughout southwest Virginia and across the country.
Anyone interested in donating in the memory of Alison or Adam – or Vicki Gardner, who was also shot during the incident during her live interview at Smith Mountain Lake and was recovering in the hospital – may do so through one of these fundraisers. More will be added to the list as they are established.
According to a James Madison University spokesman, Alison’s scholarship has grown to more than $76,000.
The Virginia Tech Foundation, Inc. asks anyone who wishes to make a donation in memory of Adam Ward make checks out to the Virginia Tech Foundation, Inc., and write “In memory of Adam Ward” in the memo section. Checks should be mailed to: Office of Gift Accounting (0336), University Gateway Center, Virgina Tech, 902 Prices Fork Road, Blacksburg, VA 24061
Those who wish to give online should visit https://webapps.es.vt.edu/givingto/academic/gift and be sure to use the “enter your own” designation option to write “In memory of Adam Ward.” https://webapps.es.vt.edu/givingto/academic/gift
The Virginia Tech foundation noted it does not release scholarship totals, but anyone may make a donation in Adam Ward’s name.
On Saturday, September 5, Star City Riders MC is asking for all those who ride to join them in honoring Alison and Adam. They’re asking everyone to meet around noon at the Burlington Coat Factory in Roanoke. They plan to take off for their ride at 12:30 p.m.
Proceeds will be donated and divided equally between the Alison Parker Memorial Scholarship at JMU and Adam Wards Scholarship at Virginia Tech.
Captain Party in Roanoke is making decals, ribbons and t-shirts in turquoise and maroon to honor Alison Parker and Adam Ward. Every purchase turns into a donation, which goes directly to WDBJ7 to disburse to funds.
The store says it started with just a few hundred items and quickly had to increase production. The business is also working to make larger decals for WDBJ7 to put on its station vehicles.