Sunday, January 23, 2011

Post-Tragedy Funds Continue to Bring in Donations

Posted By on Sun, Jan 23, 2011 at 4:08 PM

Thousands of dollars in donations keep rolling in to local charities and memorial funds in the aftermath of the Jan. 8 Safeway shootings.

Gabriel Zimmerman
  • Gabriel Zimmerman

The Gabriel Zimmerman Scholarship Fund is approaching $20,000 in donations, almost doubling its total going into last weekend, said fund co-creator Jonathan Klein, a San Francisco attorney and, like Zimmerman, a University of California at Santa Cruz alum.

Klein is currently trying to close a deal with a business to match the donation amount, which would bring the fund that much closer to the $50,000 needed for an endowment, he said.

"It's been quite a journey for us," Klein said.

The Tucson Community Food Bank has collected more than $92,000 in donations that have been made in Rep. Gabrielle Giffords' name, up from $75,000 on Jan. 18, said Jack Parris, the Food Bank's public relations manager.

The Community Food Bank is setting aside the donations and will allow Giffords and husband Mark Kelly to decide how best to distribute the money.

The American Red Cross' Southern Arizona Chapter has received $53,000 in donations made in Giffords' name, a number that continues to steadily climb, said Jennifer Tersigni, chief development officer for the chapter.

If you would like to donate to local charities and funds, please contact the following:

Gabriel Zimmerman Scholarship Fund
Joop Rubens, Social Sciences, UC Santa Cruz
1156 High St.
Santa Cruz, CA 95064
To donate, contact Joop Rubens at (831) 502-7275 or

Community Food Bank
3003 S. Country Club Road, No. 221
Tucson, AZ 85713
Donate online at or call (520) 622-0525.

American Red Cross, Southern Arizona Chapter
2916 E. Broadway Blvd.
Tucson, AZ 85716
Donate online at, call (520) 318-6740.

Christina Taylor Green Memorial Fund
The Community Foundation for Southern Arizona
2250 E. Broadway Blvd.
Tucson, AZ 85719
Donate via e-mail to, or call (520) 545-0313.

John M. Roll Memorial Fund
James E. Rogers College of Law
P.O. Box 210176
Tucson, AZ 85721
Donate online at

Tucson Tragedy Victims Fund
Homicide Survivors
32 N. Stone Ave., Ste. 1408
Tucson, AZ 85701
Donate online at or call (520) 740-5729.

Safeway Foundation Tucson Victims Fund
Safeway Foundation, Safeway Arizona Division
2750 S. Priest Drive
Tempe, AZ 85282
Donations can also be made at any Safeway store.