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.



To read recipients’ stories, please visit the “BF Memorial Fund Recipients” Page.

2013 Bill Phillips Memorial Fund Golf Outing

The DC Touchdown Club hosted the Bill Phillips Memorial Fund Golf Outing on Friday afternoon at Raspberry Falls Golf and Hunt Club, raising money to help wounded warriors, former and current college athletes and others in need of assistance.

Following the round, DC Touchdown Club Executive Director Steve Beck welcomed participants to a post-golf reception in the clubhouse. In addition to awarding traditional prizes to golfers, Beck had a few other announcements, sharing details of what some of the proceeds will go towards:

  • A lawn tractor for retired Staff Sergeant Paul Roberts, who suffered serious burns on the back of his legs while serving in Iraq
  • A treadmill for Master Sergeant Sharlinda Warner, who developed auto-immune disease and lupus while serving in Iraq. This will allow her to exercise without leaving her home
  • Week-long lodging for retired Staff Sergeant Joe Beimfohr, a double amputee, when he comes to Washington in October to ride his hand bike in the Army Ten-Miler and the Marine Corps Marathon
  • Financial support for the Fort Belvoir Wounded Warrior Golf Program

For more photos from the golf outing please visit the Facebook Album.