Still, the Nicole Brown Simpson Charitable Foundation, founded December 6, 1994, by the Brown family, has accepted donations from some high-profile people who have questionable records regarding the treatment of women.
Dove Audio, the publisher of Nicole’s friend Faye Resnick’s sensational tell-all, The Private Diary of a Life Interrupted, pledged $10,000. And No Excuses, the jeans maker that uses high-profile “other women” to promote its product, pledged $50,000.
The Nicole Foundation was originally intended to be a lasting memorial to the family’s lost loved one. Denise Brown, 38, launched the Foundation to much fanfare at the Rainbow Room in New York City.
Initially, the Foundation seemed a success. In December 1994 alone, the Foundation raised $153,888. But Denise Brown estimates that this year only $50,000 has been raised so far.
Denise Brown has been the target of everyone from dismissed juror Jeanette Harris – who accused her of acting on the stand – to the tabloid press, who have followed her around the country, exposing her penchant for partying.
Denise says, “If people would just get to know me, I’m not a bad person. I’m just a normal, everyday person, and people want to rip a normal, everyday person apart.”
Some may believe that the families are the only victims left in the wake of the tragedy, but, throughout the whole ordeal, both families made it clear that they will not be defeated, nor will they adopt a victim’s attitude.
The Goldmans, through their quiet resilience, and the Browns, through the legacy of the Nicole Brown Simpson Charitable Foundation, are leaving a loving memory to the true victims of the “trial of the century.”
Suzanne Ely O.J. Simpson Trial of the Century (LFP Inc 1995)