WASHINGTON, D.C. -- 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 26 by a former employee of WDBJ-TV, Roanoke, a CBS affiliate owned by Schurz Communications.
Donations will be accepted for the fund until November 30.
Before year end, all proceeds from the fund will be distributed evenly in four contributions: 25 percent each to the families of Parker and Ward; 25 percent to Vicki Gardner, executive director, Smith Mountain Lake Regional Chamber of Commerce, who suffered gunshot wounds during the on-air shooting; and 25 percent to the Committee to Protect Journalists (CPJ). CPJ is a New York-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 30, contributions to the Alison & Adam Memorial Fund can be made by sending checks made out to:
NAB Alison and Adam Memorial Fund
1771 N Street, N.W.
Washington, DC 20036
Those wishing to contribute online before November 30 can do so at http://www.nab.org/donate.
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