The 2011 Rigby Weekend will kick off on Saturday with a 5K run/3K walk through the Georgetown campus and neighborhood and will end with Rigby Ball, a semi-formal party at Capitol City Brewery. Although Rigby Ball sold out of tickets already, the Run for Rigby is still open for registration.
The Run for Rigby first took place in 2005 to memorialize Daniel H. Rigby, a Georgetown University senior who died the previous October in an off-campus housing fire. The fire appeared to be have been caused by an electrical malfunction and spurred a wave of inspections of off-campus student housing. Of the inspected houses, 150 were found to have violations.
“The goal of the organization is to ensure that no Georgetown student ever again falls victim to the kind of unnecessary accident that took Danny [from his family],” Grace Kane, co-president of the Friends of Rigby Foundation told Vox. Rigby’s family has spearheaded the foundation.
The 2011 Rigby Weekend funds will supply fire-safety equipment to Georgetown students’ housing.
In addition, the foundation helps fund scholarships in Daniel’s memory. So far, the Friends of Rigby have supplied over 800 fire extinguishers and 800 carbon monoxide/smoke detectors, as well as funding community programs.
A GUGS lunch will follow the Rigby Run. Those interested in registering for the race or finding out more about the foundation can visit www.friendsofrigby.org.