Fundraising Efforts in Place for the Curtis Williams Fund

Dec. 8, 2000

Seattle - Washington's Curtis Williams and Penn State's Adam Taliaferro, who both suffered severe spinal cord injuries during the 2000 football season, will be the beneficiaries of a fundraiser by the Washington Chapter of the Phi Gamma Delta Fraternity.

The 'Run to the Roses' will generate resources for the Curtis Williams Fund at UW, the Adam Taliaferro Fund at Penn State and a spinal cord injury research organization to be designated. The fraternity hopes to raise $25,000 with this effort, with 50 percent going to the Williams Fund, 10 percent to the Taliaferro Fund and the remaining 40 percent to spinal cord injury research.

'We are very proud of the men at Phi Gamma Delta for this selfless act of giving during this holiday season,' said Washington Athletic Director Barbara Hedges. 'Their exceptional act of charity will assist not only Curtis Williams and Adam Taliaferro, but all individuals who have suffered similar injuries, and for that we could not be more grateful. I know I speak for the Williams family and the Washington football community when I say that we are immensely thankful for this tribute, and cannot help but admire the caring and generosity of these young men.'

The Phi Gamma Delta brothers plan to transport the Rose Bowl football with a relay of runners from Seattle to Pasadena and delivering it to the referee prior to the kickoff of the 87th Rose Bowl game. The run will begin on December 15 at Husky Stadium, with the Phi Gamma Delta runners expected to cover the 1,400 miles to Pasadena in time for the January 1 game. On Tuesday night, Husky football captains Marques Tuiasosopo, Chad Ward and Larry Tripplett handed off the game ball to fraternity representatives at halftime of the Husky men's basketball game with St. Louis.

The Curtis Williams Fund was established Nov. 6 to assist with those expenses over and above those covered by family, University, and NCAA catastrophic insurance programs. In just over a month, the Fund has already raised over 75,000 dollars for Williams and his family. Persons wishing to donate to the 'Run for the Roses can contact Craig Lacy at 206/523-9776 or write to him at 4503 17th Avenue Northeast, Seattle, WA 98105. Donations to 'Run for the Roses' are tax deductible.

Nike Husky Rose Bowl Jersey
An official Nike Husky Rose Bowl jersey, numbered 25 in honor of Curtis Williams, is on sale at local Bon Marche stories beginning Dec. 9. The jersey sells for $48.00 and $20.00 from the sale of each jersey will go directly to the Curtis Williams Fund.

'I would like to thank Nike and the Bon Marche for supporting Curtis Williams' recovery and rehabilitation efforts,' said Husky head coach Rick Neuheisel. 'Starting on Saturday, the Bon Marche will be selling special Rose Bowl-edition Curtis Williams replica jerseys. For every jersey sold, Nike and The Bon will each donate $10.00 to the Curtis Williams Fund. I would like to ask students and fans to please support Curtis' recovery efforts by taking part in this program.'

Northwest Pendleton Century Rose Bowl Blanket
Six percent of the proceeds from the sale of Century Rose Bowl Blankets by Northwest Pendleton will be donated to the Curtis Williams Fund. The blanket sells for 200 dollars and is available online at or by calling 206/729-3131 or at the local Pendleton stores in the Seattle area..

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