Bill Phillips Memorial Fund


phillipsbillb081810_rgbbAbout Bill Phillips and the Memorial Fund

A Cleveland native, Bill Phillips grew up with a love of the outdoors and sports. After a successful career as a student-athlete at the University of Evansville, Bill went on to attend graduate school in England at the University of Oxford and later earned his law degree from Georgetown. Bill’s love of the outdoors led him first to Alaska, where he started his commercial fishing business. A job with Senator Ted Stevens brought Bill to Washington, where he would eventually meet his wife Janet, and raise the couple’s four boys: Andrew, Colter, Paul and Willy.

After leaving the Senator’s staff, Bill remained close with Stevens and involved in the world of politics. Although he had an extremely successful career, his biggest passion was his family. His three oldest sons followed in their father’s footsteps to play college football: Andrew at Stanford, Colter at Virginia and Paul at Indiana. Willy enters his junior year at Georgetown Prep in the fall.

In the wake of his death in a tragic plane crash in Alaska, Bill’s family established the Bill Phillips Memorial Fund (formerly the College Athlete Emergency Assistance Fund). The Fund offers an opportunity for those who wish to honor Bill to contribute to a worthy cause in his name. The funds raised are used to offer assistance to collegiate scholar-athletes, members of the military and others affected by tragic circumstances or challenges.

Bill Phillips Memorial Fund Recipients

Please see below for just a few of the very deserving recipients the Bill Phillips Memorial Fund has been honored to recognize.

  • Lance Cpl. Timothy Donley- Double amputee Lance Cpl.  Donley was provided a grant from the fund at the 2012 Medal of Honor reception.  He also attended the 2012 Military Bowl with his family.
  • CW2 Jonathan Holsey- CW2 Holsey was the first amputee to be accepted into the U.S. Army Warrant Officer Candidate School.  The Fund assisted with costs for CW2 Holsey’s trip to Washington, D.C. to run in the 2012 Army Ten Miler.
  • SFC Garie Price- SFC Price has courageously battled ALS. The fund assisted in arranging a trip to D.C. for the Army SFC, his mother and son, to attend the 2012 Redskins vs. Cowboys game. This included hotel arrangements, field passes and a luncheon with RG3’s mother.
  • SPC(R) Robert Murafsky- A grant from the Bill Phillips Memorial Fund and a signed helmet from Minnesota Viking Jared Allen were presented to SPC(R) Murafsky. He lost his right eye when he was shot while on duty in Iraq in 2006; today he works as a security specialist at the Pentagon and is very involved in helping other wounded warriors.
  • SSG Paul Roberts- Staff Sergeant Roberts, who suffered serious burns on the back of his legs while serving in Iraq was presented with a lawn tractor.
  • MSG Sharlinda Warner- Master Sergeant Warner, who developed auto-immune disease and lupus while serving in Iraq, was given a treadmill.  This will allow her to exercise without leaving her home.
  • SSG Joe Beimfohr- Staff Sergeant Beimfohr competed in both the 2013 Army Ten Miler and Marine Corps Marathon. The Fund arranged lodging for the double-amputee handcycler for the duration of his stay.
  • SFC Jon Smith- Sergeant First Class Smith was surprised with a grant at the 2014 DC Touchdown Club Awards Dinner, recognizing her service not only to his country but to his fellow wounded warriors as well.