More than 700 local residents came to support the "Intrepid Explorer Fund" in honor of Westborough's Lizzi Marriott.
Organizers of a fundraiser to benefit the "Lizzi Marriot Intrepid Explorer Fund" hoped to raise more than $50,000 during the Saturday night event. Bob Marriot's daughter Lizzi was studying marine sciences at UNH when she was murdered on Oct. 9. A scholarship in her name will benefit local students studying marine biology. "She expressed a desire in becoming a prominent figure in exploring the world's oceans," Marriot said. "We took that and made it a central point of the fund itself." The event drew more than 700 attendees, who donated $25 each at the door, bid on silent auctions and bought raffle tickets to support the fund. "With everyone coming here and supporting us and giving us what we needs, it's a wonderful night, Marriot said.