All for Amy

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Pictured are the “All for Amy” Golf Tournament committee members. Back row, left to right: Jen Peters, Theresa Jackson, Jennifer Hinson, Caryn Pace, Wendy Spencer, Jenny Erickson. Front row, left to right: Melanie Cobb, Michelle Maher, Tonie Wirsen

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Chautauqua Region Community Foundation

As the nation paused to remember the thousands of lives forever changed by the acts of September 11, 2001, friends and family of Amy King remain committed to keeping her memory alive by helping others.

Since 2006, the “All for Amy” Golf Tournament has raised over $150,000 for the “All for Amy” Fund, a scholarship to provide financial support to students furthering their education and who are well rounded, kind and caring to others, characteristics that King embodied.

To date, 23 students have received scholarships totaling more than $30,000.

In 2017, the golf committee, made up of King’s friends from high school and college, decided to create a second fund with the Chautauqua Region Community Foundation to support local charitable activities.

Amy King

“After 12 years of running the golf tournament, we decided to create (the second fund) and split the proceeds from the tournament to support programs we all feel Amy would love to support,” said Tonie Wirsen, King’s friend and golf committee member.

Just last year, the “All for Amy” Memorial Fund granted money to the Child Advocacy Program for its Stewards of Children program; A Fresh Start Recovery Support Center; Mental Health Association in Chautauqua County for PTSD Recovery for Veterans; the Winifred Crawford Dibert Boys and Girls Club of Jamestown, WCA Foundation for its Framed in Pink Event, and The Salvation Army’s Bundle Them Up Campaign.

“Amy loved to give and help others, however she could,” Wirsen said. “This is just our way to continue that for her.”

For more information on either of the funds established in King’s memory, contact the Foundation at 661-3390 or visit crcfonline.org.