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Wednesday, October 30, 2013

The Band of Helping Hands Aims to Keep Memory of Fort Thomas Girl Alive

This article was published in the October magazine of The Fort Thomas Living

The Jennifer Harber Memorial Scholarship is one of 12 Northern Kentucky non-profits participating in an upcoming fundraising event.

Band of Helping Hands will perform live at The Newport Syndicate on November 1, 2013. The show begins at 7:30 pm, and tickets cost $25 each.

The event will feature 
G.Miles and the HitmenJamison Road, 3 Sheets, Southern Highway, and Brad Hatfield Band.

To donate, you must visit  and (important) select “The Jennifer Harber Memorial Scholarship” from the drop-down menu to ensure the money gets directed to the scholarship.

Jennifer Harber was born May 4, 1981, the second child Ed and Beverly Harber. She was the younger sister to Emily Harber Rucker. At the time of her passing, she was a student at Highlands High School in Fort Thomas, Kentucky.

Jen was carefree from the moment she could walk. One favorite memory is the time she and her family went camping in Brookville with a church group. According to Emily, the girls were being changed out of their wet bathing suits in a tent by their mother. Once Bev turned her back, Jen (then age four), took off out of the tent, streaking around the campground as naked as the day she was born ... and loving it.

Not surprisingly, her favorite dish as a kid was naked spaghetti - plain noodles in a bowl.

Jen grew up to be a spunky, energetic teenager who loved music, soccer and reading. She also adored anything with a rubber duck on it. Fiercely loyal and loving to her family, she was also a true friend to those around her, never judging others by their "cover" and always willing to stop everything and help someone in need. That compassion inspired her dream to one day become an emergency medical technician, following the footsteps of her father and sister.

Unfortunately, Jen's life ended all too soon in October 1998. Despite their grief, the Harbers wanted to continue Jennifer's legacy by offering a scholarship to Highlands High School alumni. As Emily says, it gives Bev and Ed a chance to do for others what they didn't get to do for Jennifer.

Here is the Enquirer article from 1998 that details the day that ended Jennifer's life all too abruptly. 


  1. Wow I forgot about this story and all those affected. I'm glad Fort Thomas Matters is putting focus on the fundraiser!

  2. As sad as the ending to that story is, it's important to recount the painful memories sometimes.

    Prayers go out to the Harber family, and please consider going to this great event in her honor.