Carson Scholars to begin fund raising with concert

Endowments would be dedicated to those slain at Columbine

February 26, 2000|BY A SUN STAFF WRITER

The Carson Scholars Fund will begin a fund-raising effort tonightfor an endowment fund in memory of the people killed April at Columbine High School in Littleton, Colo.

The fund -- begun by pediatric neurosurgeon Benjamin S. Carson Sr. and his wife, Candy -- has given more than 200 $1,000 college scholarships to students in Maryland, Delaware and Washingtonsince 1995.

The new fund-raiser will try to raise 13 $20,000 endowments in memory of the 12 students and the teacher killed at Columbine April 20.

The endowment fund was created by the Jay and Carol Jean Young Foundation.

Young is chairman of Oles Envelope Corp.

Tonight's benefit concert -- featuring Mihaly Virizlay, principal cellist of the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra -- will be attended by several people with ties to the Columbine case and its aftermath, including:

Dave Thomas, district attorney for Jefferson County, Colo., who is in charge of the Columbine shootings investigation.

Beth and Larry Nimmo, mother and stepfather of slain student Rachel Scott.

Krista Flannigan, an expert in working with families of victims of violence, who is working with the Columbine victims' families and has worked with victims from the Oklahoma City bombing and two other school shootings.

Tom Waddill, victims services coordinator of Lakewood Police Department in Colorado.

The Carsons, state schools Superintendent Nancy S. Grasmick and former Mayor Kurt L. Schmoke are expected to attend.

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