Benefit for scholarship in memory of Clarkson students killed in crash is Saturday in Potsdam
Friday, August 8, 2014 - 11:37 am

POTSDAM -- A night to remember event to honor the lives of two Clarkson students who died in a tragic small plane accident July 19 near Lake Placid is scheduled for Saturday.

Students have created a memorial scholarship fund in remembrance of Kathleen Kafka, Rock Springs, Wyoming and Reed Phillips, Midland, Michigan.

The event will take place at Maxfield’s, 15 Market St., on Aug. 9 from 10 p.m. to 2 a.m. There will be music by DJ Shamrock, baskets, donations and raffles with proceeds benefitting the scholarship fund.

Kafka and Phillips were physical therapy graduate students who were passengers in a plane operated by Kafka’s father Fred Kafke of Vienna, West Virginia.

"We are deeply saddened to share with you the loss of two students who perished on Saturday morning in a small plane crash near Lake Placid, New York,” Clarkson University President Tony Collins said in a message sent to students as the tragedy became known.

State police report that the plane crashed shortly before 11 a.m. July 19 off River Road in the Town of North Elba near the Lake Placid airport. The Lake Placid Police Department, Saranac Lake Fire Department and state police responded to the scene, and investigators from the Federal Aviation Administration and the National Transportation Safety Board were enroute.

For more info about the fundraiser, contact mprievo@hotmail.com.