All For Amy

Golf Tourney Honors Celoron Native

Pictured are the “All for Amy” Golf Tournament committee members: Jen Peters, Theresa Jackson, Jennifer Hinson, Caryn Pace, Wendy Spencer, Jenny Erickson, Melanie Cobb, Michelle Maher and Tonie Wirsen. Submitted photo

As the nation paused Wednesday to remember the thousands of lives forever changed by the acts of Sept. 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.

King was only 29 years old when she died on 9/11. A Celoron native and graduate of Southwestern Central School and Jamestown Community College, King was a flight attendant on United Airlines Flight 175.

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 to support local charitable activities.

“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.”