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Feinberg sets meetings with Aurora victims next week

DENVER — Monday, Oct. 1, 2012 — Ken Feinberg, who is serving as special master for the Aurora Victim Relief Fund, will meet with victims and their families on Oct. 11-12 in Aurora.


Feinberg will use the meetings next week to gather input about the appropriate protocols to disperse funds to victims and their families. He will also consider the large amount of feedback already collected from three victim meetings and a victim survey conducted by the 7/20 Recovery Committee.


Victims and their families have been invited to attend one of two group meetings with Feinberg at the Aurora Public Library, 14949 E. Alameda Parkway, Aurora, CO 80012. The first meeting will be from 7 to 9 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 11; the second meeting will be from 9 to 11 a.m. Friday, Oct. 12. Both meetings will be open to the public. A pool will be arranged for media.


If they choose to do so, victims and their families will be able to request a private, one-on-one meeting with Feinberg between Nov. 1 and Nov. 9. Those meetings will not be open to the public.


Here are some key dates related to the Aurora Victim Relief Fund:



  • Oct. 11-12 Feinberg will host group meetings for victims and their families.
  • Oct. 15 Feinberg will announce the protocols he will use to consider claims and payments from the Aurora Victim Relief Fund.
  • Oct. 15 This is the last day that donations can be made to the Aurora Victim Relief Fund through Community First Foundation’s GivingFirst.org. Money can still be donated to the fund until Nov. 15, 2012, by sending a check to Aurora Victim Relief Fund ¿ Governor’s Office, 136 State Capitol, Denver, CO 80203.
  • Nov. 1 All claims from victims and their families must be submitted to Feinberg.
  • Nov. 1-9 Feinberg will hold private, one-on-one meetings with victims and their families.
  • Nov. 15 Last day to donate money to the Aurora Victim Relief Fund.


Feinberg will make final payment determinations and money will be dispersed as soon as possible after Nov. 15. An independent audit of the fund will commence immediately after the final distribution.


Feinberg agreed to serve as special master of the Aurora Victim Relief Fund at the request of Gov. John Hickenlooper, Community First Foundation and the 7/20 Recovery Committee. He is a nationally-recognized expert in handling relief funds created after other various tragedies and disasters and is best known for serving as the Special Master of the Federal September 11th Victim Compensation Fund of 2001. In that role he reached out to all who qualified to file a claim, evaluated applications, determined appropriate compensation and disseminated awards.


Feinberg is not receiving payment of any fees or expenses while assisting with the Aurora Victim Relief Fund.




About the Aurora Victim Relief Fund (https://www.givingfirst.org/AVRF)
Community First Foundation, a longstanding community foundation, established the Aurora Victim Relief Fund in partnership with Colorado Governor John Hickenlooper. This Fund is to be used to meet the needs of victims and their families. Community First Foundation does not take any administration fees to manage the Fund. In addition, Community First Foundation is paying all credit card fees for online donations; 100 percent of every donation goes to the Fund. Any accrued interest earned on the Fund will also be added.