KANSAS CITY, Mo. - Thirty-three years ago today at the Hyatt Regency, the Skywalk collapsed and killed 114 people.
Survivors of the collapse met Thursday night to try to raise enough money to complete the Skywalk Memorial.
“It’s very gratifying to have all these people here to show the support for the memorial because it is something that should be implanted in the memory of people that live in Kansas City,” survivor Sol Koenigsberg said.
Koenigsberg, 89, had the last dance with his wife that night.
“My leg was crushed. My back was broken. I had internal injuries and my wife went into shock,” hesaid.
Koenigsberg and his wife survived, but his wife went through so much trauma they never enjoyed a dance again.
The foundation has raised about $500,000, but it still needs about $100,000 more.
“Potential major donors have really not come through very well so we have had to do it over a period longer than we anticipated,” Koenigsberg said.
In the final stretch, he and many others hope the money will come soon, and then they can build.