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Rick Best Memorial Scholarship Fund

$36,123 of $500,000 goal

Raised by 331 people in 20 months
Created May 28, 2017
Rebecca Esau
on behalf of Erik Best
Rick John Best was killed on May 26, 2017 in Portland, Oregon, when he stepped in to defend two teenage girls on a train who were being verbally attacked by a white supremacist.   He was stabbed and died at the scene.  His final brave action on this train is an example of the kind of honorable, caring, decent person he was.   He stood against hatred and bigotry, and paid the ultimate price.

Rick was 53 years old, and retired from the U.S. Army as a platoon sergeant for Corps maintenance after 23 years of service. 

Rick was employed by the City of Portland in the Bureau of Development Services, and was well-loved by his colleagues.    I am the Interim Director of Portland's Bureau of Development Services (BDS), which can be confirmed on the BDS homepage:   https://www.portlandoregon.gov/bds/

This GoFundMe account was originally set up by me to give Rick's co-workers a place to be able to contribute to Rick's kids' college education.  I was happy to see other people are also contributing.  Every bit helps.

Rick is survived by his wife, three sons and a daughter, ages 19, 17, 15, and 12.  He frequently spoke of his family to his friends at work, and was so proud of his children.  He clearly had a close relationship and special rapport with each of his children, and his family gave him so much happiness.
 
With the loss of their father, it is important that we, his friends, colleagues, and the broader community who are touched by his sacrifice, step in to assist the family in financially supporting the children's college education.

This fund will be used to help pay for college tuition and expenses for Rick's four children.

The funds will go to his wife, to be distributed equally to their four children.
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Update 8
Posted by Rebecca Esau
8 months ago
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Thank you all for your contributions over this past year. May 26th is the one year anniversary of this tragic event.
TriMet is having a tribute event on Saturday, May 26th, from 3:30-5:30 PM at the Hollywood Transit Center. They will be dedicating the tribute mural, commemorating the displays of heroism and community, and the tragic loss of lives, that resulted from last year’s attacks on the MAX train.
More info can be found here: https://trimet.org/tribute/

Choose love.
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Update 7
Posted by Rebecca Esau
15 months ago
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I recently met with Rick's former colleagues in his work unit at the City of Portland's Bureau of Development Services (BDS).
We are coming up on five months since this tragedy occurred. Despite the months that have passed, it feels so fresh and painful. Everyone at work is dealing with it in their own way.
It is important to his friends and colleagues at BDS to have something physical at the office to honor Rick. So we are having a plaque made, as a memorial to our friend, his life, and what he stood for.
NOTE: The purchase of the plaque is unrelated to the funds in this account, which are for Rick's kids' education.
Even though the plaque at work is unrelated to this fund, I wanted to share this update with you, as we each work our way through the grief and loss we feel. But we also see more than ever that we can't be silent or detached when we encounter hate and bigotry...we are inspired by Rick to each step up with courage, and as allies. There are so many ways to do this.
Thank you again, to all of you who have donated, and for being a force for good in the world.
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Update 6
Posted by Rebecca Esau
16 months ago
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Hello everyone. The fund is back up and running.

Background: I was new to GoFundMe, so I missed the deadline to arrange for Rick's family to make the first withdrawal, which results in GoFundMe freezing the account. But I've worked with the Best family and they set up a bank account, and made the first withdrawal from GoFundMe to deposit into their bank account. With that taken care of, the freeze has been lifted, and donations can now be made again.

Thank you for your patience, and thank you for your donations to support Rick's children's college educations.

Rebecca Esau
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Update 5
Posted by Rebecca Esau
17 months ago
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I'm sorry, I realize the campaign has been put on hold, and you are unable to make further donations. This is my fault (new to GoFundMe!) and I missed the deadline for arranging for the Best family to make the first withdrawal. I am working with Rick's son, who has now set up a bank account for this, and now hope to have the campaign unfrozen, so he can make the transfer of donations from GoFundMe to the new bank account set up for these funds.
Thank you for your patience as we get this set up, and get the campaign unfrozen. And thank you for your donations for Rick's children's college education.
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$36,123 of $500,000 goal

Raised by 331 people in 20 months
Created May 28, 2017
Rebecca Esau
on behalf of Erik Best
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