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Another Great Villanova Tradition – Zilly Jam

Tonight was the fourth annual Zilly Jam, a concert and fundraiser held in memory of Billy Zimmerman.

Billy was a sophomore at Villanova University, and during a spring break trip in Mexico in 2013 he was killed in a car accident that also injured four other Villanova students,

I did not know Billy, but I knew students who did, and they all noted what a special person he was. Billy was apparently well known off campus as well. A local pizza shop that Billy frequented has renamed its french fries to “zilly fries.”

Zilly Jam was created by Billy’s fraternity as a way to honor and keep his memory alive on campus through music. Money raised at the event goes to support a scholarship that was created in Billy’s name.

This year’s event included a cappella groups, a piano playing and singing duo, and two brothers rocking out on electric guitar and electric drums. The evening began with a moving rendition of Amazing Grace by the President of Villanova, Father Peter Donohue.

The night also featured the debut of a brief documentary that was put together by a fellow fraternity brother. Titled, “Live Like Billy”, it offers a beautiful, touching portrait of a young man who loved life, and was loved in return.

And here are some clips from tonight’s performances:

Congratulations to all who participated in this event. It is a wonderful way to keep Billy’s memory alive and to find some good in such a tragic event.

It also highlights why students find Villanova to be such a special place.

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Jim Borden

Accounting Prof. at Villanova; happily married for 30+ years; father of 3 outstanding young men; vegan; interests: fitness, creativity, education, blogging, social media.

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