NBC News anchor Brian Williams attended the Save the Seraphs Gala festive fundraiser Saturday night at the Shore Casino in Atlantic Highlands

By Caitlin Keating
March 22, 2015 05:25 PM
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NBC News anchor Brian Williams, who was suspended from the network in February, made his first public appearance Saturday night.

He showed up at a fundraising gala for his alma mater, Mater Dei High School in New Monmouth, New Jersey, which is currently trying to raise money to keep its doors open.

“This is Mater Dei. It’s been a very, very important part of my life,” he told The Two River Times. “I had four great years here. I did not know it then, but it was the last degree I’d ever earn.”

“He had a lot of friends he went to school with,” fundraiser co-chair Maria Buzzanco said to the newspaper “He was happy to come back to the Shore Casino because he went to proms there. He was greeted with warm hugs. Everyone was telling him how much they support him as well, and thanked him for coming.”

Brian Williams (second from right) attends a fundraiser for Mater Dei High School
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The Nightly News anchor is being investigated for his claims about his time spent reporting on the Iraq War in 2003. The controversy first sprung up after he made false claims about being in a helicopter that was under enemy fire.

Williams’s daughter, Girls star Allison Williams, who recently postponed her wedding, also defended her dad in the wake of his scandal.

“This has been a really hard time,” she told Seth Meyers at an event at the 92nd Street Y on Feb. 18. “But we’ve also been feeling really lucky, counting our blessings. We have our health, we have each other.”