The Broadcasters Foundation of America, the national charity which serves past and present members of the broadcasting profession, has established the Gary Fries Memorial Fund to honor the former Radio Advertising Bureau President and CEO.
Fries, who was a long-time director of the Broadcasters Foundation, passed away peacefully in Scottsdale, Ariz., on Friday (9/22).
“Gary was very passionate about radio and the mission of the Broadcasters Foundation to help our colleagues in need,” said Jim Thompson, President of the Broadcasters Foundation of America, who co-founded the Radio Mercury Awards with Fries. “He loved the radio profession, supported it, talked about it, and had many dear friends in our business.”
“A life-long broadcaster and advocate for radio, Gary was a firm believer in ‘giving back’ to the industry to which he dedicated his career,” observed Dan Mason, Chairman of the Broadcasters Foundation of America. “I believe that Gary would be proud to know that a fund in his name will provide emergency assistance to broadcasters who have experienced severe damage from the recent floods and hurricanes, as well as to those who receive monthly grants.”
The Broadcasters Foundation has established memorial funds in tribute to very special and unique professionals in broadcasting, such as Stu Olds of Katz Media Group, and Rick Buckley of Buckley Broadcasting.
For more than 70 years, the Broadcasters Foundation has distributed millions of dollars to thousands of broadcasters and their families.
Individual donations can be made to the Guardian Fund, corporate contributions are accepted through the Angel Initiative, and bequests can be arranged through the Legacy Society.