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Fund-raiser for plane crash victims raises $17,000

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An auciton was held at the Willis Tower in Chicago for the recently formed = Todd Parfitt Memorial Trust. This trust was formed to support the 11 year old son of Todd Parfitt of Antioch who passed away on November 18 along with his 14 year old daughter, Nicole. | Special to Sun-Times Media

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Updated: February 26, 2013 2:39AM

Co-workers of Todd Parfitt, the Antioch pilot who died in a plane crash with his 14-year-old daughter, Nicole, recently held a fund-raiser for a trust to help support his widow and surviving son.

The Todd Parfitt Memorial Fund is being run by Chase Bank and donations can be made at any branch. Contributions can also be made through the Web site,

Parfitt was a dispatcher for United Airlines working out of the network operations center at the Willis Tower in downtown Chicago before the Nov. 18 single-plane crash in Burlington, Wis.

His United Airlines colleagues organized a silent auction fund-raiser that included autographed footballs from Green Bay Packers Quarterback Aaron Rodgers and Chicago Bears Linebacker Brian Urlacher. Other items came from United Airlines, Village Cycle Center in Chicago, Vision Quest Coaching in Highland Park, Midwest Athletes Against Childhood Cancer, Houston Texans, Houston Astros and a number of Chicago restaurants. They raised $17,000 for the fund.

Besides the auction, there were also tribute videos and pictures throughout the United Airlines emergency operations center that was also attended by Todd’s widow, Robin Parfitt, 11-year-old son Bradley and other family members.

“It was a day of reflection, healing and fund-raising,” said Scott Winsett, a co-worker.

He said the United Airlines dispatch center is a very tight knit group and the tragedy hit them hard.

“This was a way to give back to the family and provide healing for the employees as well,” Winsett said. “We wanted to do something for the family and get the family some help when they need it the most through the holidays,” he said.

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