One of Boston College’s proudest traditions, the Volunteer and Service Learning Center’s Red Bandanna Run—held to honor 9/11 hero Welles Remy Crowther ’99—supports the Welles Remy Crowther Charitable Trust, established by the Crowther Family to honor Welles and keep his memory alive through good works benefitting young people.
On September 11, 2001, Welles Crowther '99 was working as an equities trader in the South Tower of the World Trade Center when a plane hijacked by terrorists struck the building. Trained as a volunteer firefighter in his hometown of Nyack, NY, Crowther wrapped his trademark red bandanna around his face to help him breath through the smoke, and organized a rescue effort to guide survivors down the building’s stairwells to safety. He twice returned into the building and then joined a New York Fire Department team in its effort to free victims still trapped under debris. He was killed when the building collapsed.
The Welles Remy Crowther Charitable Trust
The Crowther family established The Welles Remy Crowther Charitable Trust to honor Welles' memory through scholarships and support of organizations that assist young people in their pursuit of excellence. The work of the Trust is made possible through the generosity of others; donations and participation in very special fundraising events such as the Welles Remy Crowther Red Bandanna 5k Run at Boston College. We hope that you will help us carry on Welles' legacy.