WTC Health Program Community Meeting
On March 10th at 7:00 p.m. at the Union Plaza Care Center located at 33-23 Union Street Flushing, NY the World Trade Center Health Program Mental Health Association of New York City will hold a community meeting to raise awareness about the WTC Health Program.
Michael Lynch Memorial Foundation Scholarship
The Michael Lynch Memorial Foundation is a scholarship program. Its' purpose is to provide grants to enable the children of firefighters, the children of other victims of the September 11 attacks, and the children of other fires and disasters to afford higher education. The specific details on eligibility as well as the application process may be found on our website, www.mlynch.org.
The deadline for application submission is earlier this year, February 14, in order for us to inform applicants prior to May 1st, when they must make their college selections. More.
BIKEMAN: A 9/11 Play
Bikeman is a new play adapted from the critically acclaimed book by Thomas F. Flynn, a reporter recounting his first person experience on the morning of the September 11 attacks. The Producers of Bikeman proudly support the 9/11 Memorial. More.
Promoting Resiliency in Communities Impacted by Trauma
On Friday, January 17th Voices of September 11th is hosting a Community Resilience Symposium in conjunction with Rutgers University to educate professionals about the needs of victims' families and survivors.
The event will be held at Rutgers University, Trayes Hall - Douglass Campus Center, 100 George St, New Brunswick, NJ 08901 from 8:30am to 3:30pm. More.
Register Now for the 2014 5K Run/Walk
The 9/11 Memorial & Museum will host a 5KRun/Walk and Family Day in New York City on April 27. All funds raised will directly support the 9/11 Memorial & Museum. You can participate by registering as a Global Runner and committing to run, walk, or participate from home. Please encourage friends, family, co-workers, or even your local gym to get involved.
Learn more and register online now at 911memorial.org/5K. The deadline for early, discounted registration is January 31, 2014.
Give Back on #GivingTuesday
This year on Tuesday, December 3, 2013, Voices of September 11th is joining with others in celebrating a day dedicated to giving. On this day, charities, families, businesses, community centers, students, retailers and more will all come together for #GivingTuesday - a national movement to celebrate giving during the Holiday Season! More.
Help Victims of Typhoon Haiyan
Typhoon Haiyan, one of the strongest recorded storms in history, devastated entire towns in the island nation, including the cities of Basey and Tacloban, where thousands are missing and officials say the death toll could reach 10,000. According to the UN, more than 600,000 displaced residents across the country are in desperate need of food, water, and medicine.
The Clinton Global Initiative has created a list of CGI members and commitment-makers with extensive experience in emergency response. Learn how you can help. More.
Office of Military Commissions December Hearings Update
Hearings in the U.S. v. KSM et al (2) began on Monday, 16 December 2013 as scheduled. On four occasions last week, Mr. Bin al Shibh became disruptive in the courtroom. After repeated admonitions from the Military Judge to stop disrupting the proceedings, Judge Pohl had Mr. Bin al Shibh removed from the courtroom.
On 18 December 2013, the Defense filed a motion, AE 152F, alleging that Mr. Binalshibh is being exposed to noises and vibrations in his cell that interfere with his ability to concentrate or sleep. More.
Remembering Our Friend and Colleague, Darlene Johnson
I am writing with the sad news that our longtime friend and former co-worker, Darlene Johnson, has passed away after a courageous battle with ovarian cancer.
First and foremost, Darlene was a personal friend who quietly supported our family through a challenging time after 9/11. We will always be grateful! Darlene was also instrumental in shaping Voices of September 11th - first as a volunteer and board member, and later in a leadership role at VOICES for over 5 years. More.
Voices of September 11th Always Remember Gala
We look forward to visiting with many of you on October 16th at the 6th Annual Always Remember Gala with keynote speaker Former Secretary of of State Hillary Rodham Clinton.
It will be held at Guastavino's in New York, NY. It is always a very special evening and we are grateful that so many of you join us each year. More.
Voices of September 11th
Annual Day of Remembrance Information Forum
Save the date for the Voices of September 11th Annual Day of Remembrance Information Forum in New York City on September 10, 2013. The Forum will be held in the Marriott Downtown Hotel at 85 West Street in New York City. This is a free program, but reservations are required by September 6th. More.
9/11 National Day of Service and Remembrance
My Good Deed is conducting their campaign again this year to inspire millions of people to do good deeds in observance of 9/11. If you would like to participate, visit www.911day.org and post your pledge to do a good deed this year in remembrance of those lost on 9/11. In a number of cities, including New York, Washington, DC, Boston, Dallas, Phoenix and St. Louis, you can sign up to participate in special volunteer projects from September 7 to September 11. To sign up, or to request more information, email email@example.com.
"Walk With Joe" 5K Walk on September 7th
On September 7th, the 11th annual "WALK WITH JOE" will take place, a memorial 5K walk honoring Patrick "Joe" Driscoll, Christopher Gray and Tom McCann, who lost their lives on September 11th. The Walk will be held on Saturday, September 7, 2013, 10:00 a.m., at Monmouth Battlefield State Park, Manalapan, NJ. Please visit the website at www.walkwithjoe.com to register and obtain additional information. All proceeds are donated to local charities and non-profit organizations.
Dedication of the Kitsap 9/11 Memorial on September 11th
The Kitsap Memorial Committee will hold their annual 9/11 observance and a dedication ceremony for the Kitsap 9/11 Memorial on September 11, 2013 at 6:00 pm. It will take place at Evergreen Rotary Park at 1300 Highland Park, Bremerton, Washington. More.
Bergen County September 11th Memorial Commemorations
Bergen County will remember those lost on 9/11 and acknowledge the military heroes who died in serving our country since the attacks. A ceremony will take place on September 11th at 11:30 am in Hackensack. A second ceremony will take place in Leonia on September 15th. All Bergen County residents, employees, first responders, uniformed personnel and veterans are invited to attend. More.
9-11 Memorial Service in Rochester, NY
A memorial service will be held in Rochester, NY at 10:00 am on Sunday, September 8 in Rochester, New York. It will be followed by a First Responder Lunch which will be open to all. To attend the lunch, contact the Rochester Christian Church Ministries at 528-247-4444. More.
9/11 Victim Compensation Fund Educational Session
An educational session on the Victim Compensation Forum will be held in Dyker Heights, Brooklyn on Wednesday, August 7 from 6:00 - 8:00pm. 9/11 responders, workers and volunteers are invited to attend. The participants will answer questions about the application process and the distribution of awards. The deadline to apply to the Victim Compensation Fund is October 3, 2013. To attend, contact Sonia at 631-855-1207 by August 5th. More.
VOICES Interns Interview Reporters
Student interns from Voices of September 11th traveled to the New York City offices of CBS News on August 6th to learn firsthand about the challenge of reporting on the 9/11 attacks. The interviewees included New Canaan resident Jeff Fager, Chairman of CBS News and Executive Editor for "60 Minutes," Jim Axelrod, Anchorman and Correspondent for CBS News; Bill Owens, Executive Editor for "60 Minutes;" and Tom Anderson, Producer for "60 Minutes." More.
"Harlem Got Talent" Summer Program
Family member Clyde Frazier, Sr. asked us to share news about an organization that he is supporting, "Harlem Got Talent." The students are working this summer with Musical Director, Hal Kresner. They are learning to sing, play instruments and create dance routines, beginning with "Stand By Me." They meet every Tuesday all summer to give the students an activity while school is out.
Tuesday's Children Offers Camp Tuesday's Champions!
CampTC will be an enriching four-day program that brings together children of Tuesday's Children, ages 10-15, for workshops in art, music, drama and sports as well as campfires, water activities, adventure courses, nature walks, scavenger hunts and much more! Professional staff members will facilitate each workshop. Dedicated counselors will coordinate the schedule for the campers. To ensure a safe and fun community for each child, a clinician and a nurse will be on site at all times. More.
Tuesday's Children has several events scheduled for families this summer. Meet the Mets on July 2nd at a "Meet and Greet" with Mets players. Go fishing on July 10th. Visit the 9/11 Memorial on July 17th. For more information, click here.
Twin Towers Author Talk & Reading at Rutger's Alexander Library
Folklorist and Rutgers American Studies Professor Angus Gillespie will read from his bestseller, Twin Towers: The Life of New York City's World Trade Center, and discuss the cultural significance of this monumental work of civil engineering, on Tuesday, July 9th from 4:00 to 6:00 p.m. at the Alexander Library's fourth floor Scholarly Communication Center. A light reception will precede the author talk. More.
Remembering Senator Frank Lautenberg
Sadly, we lost a champion for the 9/11 community with the recent death of Senator Frank Lautenberg. After 9/11, he relentlessly pushed for higher spending on homeland security and on the Tenth Anniversary he sponsored legislation calling for a national moment of silence to honor the victims. Most importantly, Senator Lautenberg was always available to listen to our concerns. I have fond memories of my last conversation with him while traveling from Washington DC on the Amtrak train. He reflected on how 9/11 affected him personally, and spoke passionately about his personal goal of making sure that future generations "never forget". As they say your eyes are the window to your soul. His compassion, determination to make a difference and love of life was conveyed through the twinkle in his bright blue eyes. Senator Lautenberg will sorely be missed.
News 4 New York Giants Health and Fitness Expo
VOICES staff participated in the News 4 New York Giants Health and Fitness Expo. Over 20,000 people attended the one-of-a-kind weekend event held in the MetLife Stadium. The VOICES team got a chance to meet several members of the News 4 team right on the field where the NY Giants play in the fall! They also got the chance to talk to hundreds of people about how to apply to the World Trade Center Health Program. The New York metropolitan area is home to many of the responders and survivors who were at the WTC site after 9/11. We are privileged to work with them to help determine their eligibility for health care coverage under the program and to assist with the application process. To learn more about the WTC Health Program, you can call Debbie Westfal toll free at 855-709-0100, email us at firstname.lastname@example.org or go to our website at www.voicesofsept11.org.
Outreach Campaign to Publicize Expanded 9/11 Resources Under Zadroga Act
On Monday, June 24th Congresswoman Carolyn Maloney and Congressman Jerrold Nadler held a press conference in Lower Manhattan to raise awareness about health care benefits available under the Zadroga Law. The event also marked the 100 day countdown to the deadline for most survivors and responders to file claims for economic losses with the September 11th Victim Compensation Fund (VCF). To view the press release, click here.
Mary Fetchet Inducted in Columbia University School of Social Work Hall of Fame
VOICES Founding Director Mary Fetchet was inducted into the Hall of Fame at the annual Alumni Day of her alma mater, the Columbia University School of Social Work. "It was a great honor to be recognized with such esteemed individuals - Paul Kurzman '64, Sadye Logan '80DSW, and the late Shelton Granger '47, each who have made significant contributions to the field of social work. During the daylong event, we had an opportunity to present our work to educators and alumni." Those in attendance were especially interested to learn how VOICES social work training has influenced their work. "At the induction I was able to thank those who have supported my vision for VOICES - our dedicated staff, volunteers and interns, and my family and friends. As I reflect on the evolution of the organization over the past 12 years, the 9/11 families, survivors, rescue and recovery workers have been critical in guiding our work, and will continue to do so in the years ahead."
List of Cancers Covered Under Zadroga Law To Include Breast Cancer
Recently, the list of cancers covered by the James Zadroga Law has been expanded to include breast cancer. We have been working with rescuers and survivors to help them learn about what is now covered by the law and how they can apply to receive medical at one of the Centers of Excellence. We can even help fill out the forms. More information is available on our website or by calling our toll free number, 855-709-0100 or emailing us at email@example.com.
Resources for those Affected by Tornados in Oklahoma
The friendship we have developed over the years with the families from Oklahoma City means a great deal to so many of us. So, it is with deep sadness that I send our message of sympathy to the communities of Oklahoma City and Moore, who are recovering from the devastating tornado that took so many lives and injured hundreds of people.
We will always be grateful to the Oklahoma City families and survivors who offered their friendship and support in the aftermath of 9/11. Thanks to the support of Anthony Gardner and the WTC United Family Group, they participated in the VOICES Information Forum over the past 11 years. More.
Creative Empowerment: Music Improvisation for Healing
Come and learn to play and celebrate music in community. Discover, explore and express deep listening, gentle movement and free improvisation. Learn to tap into your capacity for healing, stress reduction and self-empowerment using your own unique sounds and rhythms in a supportive and playful atmosphere. Use of instruments are provided or bring your own! No musical experience is required.
Ms. Saltiel is a Licensed Clinician and Consultant in private practice located in Jersey City, NJ. In addition to providing clinical services for individuals, couples, families and groups, she has devoted a significant part of her practice to developing and presenting trainings and presentations for many organizations and Employee Assistance Programs nationwide. More.
18th Anniversary of the 1995 Bombing
April 19th marks the 18th anniversary of the 1995 bombing of the Alfred P. Murrah Federal Building in Oklahoma City. As families and friends gather together on this solemn occasion, we join them in remembering the 168 who perished and the 680 who were injured. More.
Chan Meditation Workshop
In this workshop, we will discuss the principles and method of Chan meditation. You will learn how to establish your meditation practice and the correct posture, method and attitude needed to engage in the practice. You will also learn how to apply the practice in your daily life so that you can live a more fulfilling and joyful life. Please come in comfortable clothing. More.
Alice Greenwald to speak in Princeton on March 14th
Alice Greenwald, Director of the 9/11 Memorial Museum, will speak in the Community Room of the Princeton Public Library on Thursday, March 14th, 2013, at 7:00 pm. The talk,"Memory and Meaning: Building a Vision for a Museum at Ground Zero," will focus on the challenges of commemorating the attacks of September 11th and outline the process of planning the museum. More.
First Responders Invited To Bowl With Tuesday's Children
Tuesday's Children will host a bowling party for First Responders and their families on March 3rd from 1:00 - 6:00 pm at Dani's Strike Zone in Elmont.
The families are invited to come bowl, play arcade games, win raffle prizes, enjoy wonderful food and spend time with members of the First Responder Alliance and their families.
Dani's Strike Zone is located at 20 Village Avenue, Elmont New York. More.
Managing Stress to Improve Health & Wellness
Stress is a normal physical response to events that make you feel threatened or upset your balance in some way. But beyond a certain point, stress stops being helpful and starts causing major damage to your health, mood, productivity, relationships, and your quality of life. Chronic stress can negatively impact your life in many ways, from weight gain, to reduced energy levels, and even an increased risk of heart disease and type 2 diabetes.
It's time to take control of stress instead of letting it control you! Learn breathing techniques, relaxation techniques, and even dietary changes that can reduce stress, improve energy levels and help you get back to feeling like your old self! More.
1993 World Trade Center Bombing 20th Anniversary
Today marks the 20th Anniversary of the 1993 bombing of the World Trade Center, where 6 men and women, and an unborn child perished in the attacks. Over a thousand were injured and thousands who worked in the buildings escaped to safety. We join all who knew them and loved them, in remembering the brothers, sisters, mothers, fathers, and friends whose lives were lost on that tragic day. More.
VOICES 2012 Speaker Series: Getting Organized
Kick off the new year by reducing the stress and chaos in your life - make January your "Get Organized" month! Professional Organizer, Joan Melroy, will conduct this workshop that explores why people accumulate so many things, how to look at organizing it, and ways to release or store what you have. Learn some practical tips and ideas to help you overcome some of your organizing challenges. Learn why there are many ways to accomplish the same goal and why the same way doesn't work for everyone. Be sure to bring questions about your own organizing challenges. More.
September 11th Victim Compensation Fund Information Forum
There will be an information forum on January 30th that will be of particular interest to those who qualify for compensation through the James Zadroga Health and Compensation Act. This forum will inform attendees about the status of the Victims Compensation Fund and will include a discussion of the filing process.
Join September 11th Victim Compensation Fund ("VCF") Special Master Sheila Birnbaum and Reps. Carolyn Maloney, Jerrold Nadler, and Peter King (invited) to learn about the status of the VCF and a discussion about the claim filing process. More.
Resources for Sandy Hook Tragedy
This weekend we had an opportunity to spend two days in Sandy Hook and offer our support. As you can imagine, the community is still in shock over the tragic loss of the young children and teachers who heroically protected their classrooms. Many families we spoke with asked about resources and guidance in talking with their children about the event. We have also heard from many of our members who report that the tragedy brings back memories of their own personal loss on 9/11. More.
Resources for Recovery
I hope this note finds you and your family safe following the devastation caused by Hurricane Sandy. Our thoughts and prayers are with the families who tragically lost loved ones and those whose homes were destroyed or damaged by fire and flooding.
Thanks to the tireless efforts of Mayor Bloomberg, Governor Christie, Governor Malloy and Governor Cuomo, much progress has been made in coordinating with local, state and federal agencies in the recovery effort. As happened after the attacks on 9/11, thousands of rescue workers and volunteers have traveled from around the country to provide assistance to those in need. It has been heartwarming to witness once again the strength of the human spirit and to hear remarkable stories of bravery, caring and compassion. More.
VOICES 2012 Speaker Series:
Coming Home to Yourself: The Rubenfeld Synergy Method
Feeling overwhelmed, exhausted, and disconnected? If you are looking for a calm place away from the chaos, we invite you to join us in an experience that will guide you back home to yourself - to the oasis of your own body. In this experiential workshop based on the principles of the Rubenfeld Synergy Method®, we will use bodymind awareness exercises, guided imagery, movement and laughter to explore new ways of listening to your body. More.
The Iron Skillet Cook Off
Join the World Care's Center for a spectacular night as their star-studded panel of judges chooses the top chef in a head-to-head match-up between firehouse chefs and local restaurant chefs. The Iron Skillet Cook Off is held on October 22, 2012 from 6:00pm-9:00pm at Crimson Restaurant. Enjoy signature cocktails, Brooklyn Brewery craft beers, fabulous live auction prizes, and gourmet cuisine. 100% of the proceeds go to empowering local communities through disaster response training and support. For more information, click here.
Make A Difference Day - October 27th
Each year on the fourth Saturday of October, millions of Americans take part in Make A Difference Day, the nation's largest day of volunteering.
Click here to learn more about how you can participate in this year's Make A Difference Day on October 27th.
VOICES 2012 Speaker Series:
Yoga for Everyone: Refresh, Recharge and Reconnect
Join in this offering of yoga to stretch and strengthen your body, as you release tension and stress. Clear the mind, lift your spirits and bring yourself back to a place of radiant wellness! Great for everybody, including those with no prior yoga experience. Brian Yuen and Lorrie Shepard are co-founders of Interactive-Yoga with the intention of bringing yogis together to experience sangha: supported, fun + inspiring. More.
Voices of September 11th 9/11 Day of Remembrance Events
Voices of September 11th will host several events to commemorate the 11th Anniversary. More than 300 of our members helped us plan the events by responding to our survey. Their suggestions guided our staff in creating programs that are designed to be informative, commemorative, and provide an opportunity for the 9/11 community to come together for the 11th Anniversary. Many 9/11 families asked us to plan a commemorative luncheon on September 11th following the observance. More.
5K Memorial Walk at Monmouth Battlefield State Park
Join the 10th anniversary of "WALK WITH JOE", a memorial 5K walk honoring Patrick "Joe" Driscoll, Christopher Gray and Tom McCann, local area residents who lost their lives on September 11th. The walk will be held on Saturday, September 8, 2012, 10:00 a.m., at Monmouth Battlefield State Park, Manalapan, NJ. Please visit the website at www.walkwithjoe.com to register and obtain additional information. All proceeds are donated to local charities and non-profit organizations.
Brooke Jackman Foundation 2012 Read-A-Thon
On Saturday, September 8th from 1pm - 4pm the Brooke Jackman Foundation will hold its annual read-a-thon from 12:00pm - 1:30pm at the Winter Garden at the World Financial Center. For the third year, the Brooke Jackman Foundation celebrates the positive and transformative power of literacy with its annual Read-A-Thon where an array of guest readers bring words to life inspiring children, their families, and the community gathered for an afternoon of books and bonding.
The Brooke Jackman Foundation (BJF) was created in 2001 to honor Brooke Jackman, a compassionate 23-year-old who was killed on 9/11. Brooke's passion for literacy and helping children moved the Jackman family to create BJF as Brooke's living legacy. Since its creation, BJF has donated nearly 100,000 books and 15,000 "Brooke Packs," backpacks filled with books and school supplies, to children and families in need.
VOICES 2012 Speaker Series: Writing as a Healing Tool
This workshop is open to men and women who seek another means of healing. By moving to the blank page and acknowledging the importance of one's authentic voice, writing tells us what we didn't know we knew. It provides a haven where our thoughts, feelings and ideas find clarification. Come with a notebook and pen and experience writing as a life tool. More.
VOICES 2012 Speaker Series:
Feng Shui: Lifestyle Changes from the Inside Out
Balance is an inside job, it takes clarity in our thoughts, beliefs and actions.... and it takes commitment and connection in our homes. In this workshop, you will learn to use the energy in your home as a tool for healing and transformation. Methods and techniques skillfully blend the principles of feng shui and life coaching with the environmental benefits More.
Always Remember Commemorative Book
The "Always Remember" Commemorative Book will be sent to all our family members in the first week of June. We are grateful to the hundreds of people who have contributed to this project. Family members have created beautiful tributes to their loved ones. Friends and associates we have worked with over the past ten years have contributed their reflections. Artists have generously shared their talents with all of us. Thanks to the generous support of family members and friends who have purchased tributes for the program, we will be sending the book as a gift to all family members. If you would like to order additional copies, click here.
Save The Date for VOICES Annual Gala
We look forward to visiting with many of you on June 20th at the 5th Annual Always Remember Gala. It will again be held at Pier Sixty at Chelsea Piers, a beautiful venue overlooking the Hudson River. It is always a very special evening and we are grateful that so many of you join us each year to raise funds to support the 9/11 Living Memorial Project and our ongoing work to provide programs for 9/11 families, rescuers and survivors. For more information about the Gala, click here.
Depression and Anxiety Screenings May 14 - May 31
The month of May is National Mental Health Awareness Month. VOICES professional social workers are pleased to offer free, anonymous telephone screenings for depression and anxiety from May 14th through May 31st between 9AM and 5PM. Please call our New Jersey office at 732-543-2300 if you would like to be screened or are simply interested in learning more. Parents are also welcome to call to evaluate whether their children are at risk. If you would like to learn more about the symptoms of anxiety and depression, click here.
Diary Writing Workshop Begins May 15th
at the Anne Frank Center
The Anne Frank Museum and Voices of September 11th will co-host a 4-session diary writing workshop beginning in May. We hope you will join us! The workshop will be taught by Maureen McNeil, the Director of Education at the new Anne Frank Center Gallery, located at 44 Park Place, four blocks north of the 9/11 Memorial. The workshop will be held on 4 consecutive Tuesday's from 6:00 to 8:00 p.m.: Tuesday, May 15, 22, 29 and June 5th.
The fee is $50, and includes four workshop sessions and a blank journal. Space is limited, and reservations are required. For more information or to make a reservation, contact Michelle Doherty at 203-966-3911 or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
The John and Slyvia Resta Memorial Golf Outing
The 9th Annual John and Sylvia Resta Memorial Golf Outing will be held Friday, May 4, 2012 at Pebble Creek Golf club in Colts Neck, NJ. The event begins at 8:00 am and the money raised will benefit the John and Sylvia Resta Memorial fund, to endow Saint John Vianney high school students with a scholarship. For more information, please contact email@example.com or go to johnandsylviaresta.org.
The FF Christopher Mozzillo Memorial Golf Tournament
The FF Christopher Mozzillo Memorial Golf Tournament will be held at the Silver Lake Golf Course in Staten Island, NY. Please join Christopher's friends and family in commemorating his life on Thursday, May 10. The fundraiser benefits the Christopher M. Mozzillo Charitable Foundation, which maintains a scholarship fund at Monsignor Farrell High School and has a grant at St. John's University. The foundation also gives to charities like Wounded Warriors. For more information, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org, or go to www.christophermozzillo.com.
The Michael C. Rotherberg 9/11 Memorial Scholarship Dinner
The 9th annual Michael C. Rothberg 9/11 Memorial Scholarship Dinner will be held Thursday, May 24, at Saphire Estate in Sharon, MA. The dinner includes a silent auction and all funds raised over the course of the night will benefit the Michael C. Rothberg September 11th Memorial Scholarship. The scholarship honors the memory of Michael Rothberg by awarding three eligible seniors who exemplify Michael's academic promise, integrity, and service to community at Sharon High School with merit-based scholarships. For more information, please contact email@example.com or go to www.michaelrothbergscholarship.com.
The Haskall Brothers Golf Tournament
The Haskall Brothers Golf Tournament will be held Thursday, May 24, 2012 in Lido Beach, NY. If you are interested in learning please contact firstname.lastname@example.org or go to www.hopeforthewarriors.org/calendar.html.
The Billy Esposito Foundation's Gala
The Billy Esposito Foundation's Gala will be held Wednesday, May 16 in New York, NY. The tenth year anniversary benefit will include an auction and tasting. The funds benefit the Foundation's efforts to help grieving children cope, connect, and continue to remember. If you have any questions, please contact email@example.com or go to http://acaringhand.org/buy-2012-benefit-tickets/.
The Captain Martin J. Egan 5-K Walk/Run
The Captain Martin J. Egan 5-K Memorial Walk/Run will be held Sunday, May 20, at the Midland Beach Picnic Area in Staten Island, NY. The event begins at 10 am, and honors the life of Marty Egan, who grew up in Midland Beach and was a member of the track team at Monsignor Farrell High School. The funds raised will finance a scholarship in Marty's name at Farrell, where Marty graduated from in 1982. Please return the application by May 10. For more information, click here, or contact Mark or Leslie with any questions at (718) 966-9493.
College Prep Seminar
The Families of Freedom Scholarship Fund in partnership with Scholarship America, Dunbar Educational Consultants, and Voices of September 11th will hold a College Prep Seminar, hosted by Morgan Stanley. The event will take place on Wednesday, April 18 from 6:00pm to 8:30pm at Morgan Stanley headquarters, located at 1585 Broadway (between 47th and 48th) in NYC. To view the invitation, click here. RSVP by Monday, April 16 to Michelle Doherty at firstname.lastname@example.org or by calling 203-966-3911.
Always Remember Interfaith Service at St. Peter's Church
VOICES hosted the Always Remember Interfaith Service at St. Peter's R.C. Church with a visit to the 9/11 Memorial. Click here for photos from the event.
The Interfaith Service held uplifting music and reflections. More.
Michael Lynch Memorial Foundation College Scholarships
Lou Ann Eckert-Lynch, the Scholarship Commitment Chair for the Michael Lynch Memorial Foundation, asked that we update you on their scholarship program. The Foundation awards college scholarships to the children of New York City Firefighters, victims of September 11, 2001 and victims of other disasters and fires. The deadline for the scholarship application is March 1. For more information, click here.
Living Memorial Workshops Scheduled
We are planning our Spring schedule for Living Memorial workshops in the New York metropolitan area, Boston and Washington, D.C. To see where they are presently scheduled click here. Of course, you can always send us your photos via email or regular mail. For more information on the Living Memorial project appointments, you can call Michelle in our New Canaan office at 203-966-3911 or Sheri in our New Brunswick office at 732-543-2300.
Betty Ann Ong Chinese Recreation Center
Cathy Ong-Herrera asked that we share with you the exciting news that the San Francisco Recreation & Park Department Commission has voted unanimously to name their newly renovated recreation center the "Betty Ann Ong Chinese Recreation Center." Betty Ann was the flight attendant who first reported the hijacking of American Airlines Flight 11. The renaming of the center honors the memory of Betty Ann Ong and all who sacrificed their lives on September 11th. For information about the center and how you can support the the non-profit Betty Ann Ong Foundation, click here.
Clinton Global Initiative 2011 Annual Meeting
VOICES Executive Director Mary Fetchet was honored to represent VOICES at the Clinton Global Initiative. The CGI Annual Meeting is an invitation-only event held each September in New York City for heads of state, chief executives of companies, directors of major nonprofits, and other global leaders. For four days, members make new connections and share insights and ideas. They learn about creative approaches taken by organizations around the world. They hear from inspiring speakers who come from different sectors, different countries, and different points of view. They analyze what works, and what doesn't. Then they take that knowledge and use it to create programs that effect meaningful and lasting change in the world.
Paint by Number Project - September 10th and 11th
Family members of those lost on 9/11, survivors and rescue workers all participated in a project to remember the events of 9/11 by painting a section of the "Gone But Not Forgotten" canvas designed by artist Dan Robbins of Palmer Paints. The Paint By Number corner of the exhibit space was lively with people showing their artistry while sharing stories of their experiences over the last ten years. Those interested in creating their own version of the Paint By Number commemorative painting, can order a kit by connecting to the order form here.
The Office of Justice Programs' 9/11 Commemoration Ceremony
The Office of Justice Programs held a 9/11 Commemoration Ceremony at their office in Washington DC. The speakers included Kathryn Turman, Program Director of the Office for Victim Assistance in the Federal Bureau of Investigations and Mary and Frank Fetchet of Voices of September 11th. Kathryn Turner spoke about responding to 9/11 and lessons learned. Mary and Frank Fetchet spoke about VOICES' work to provide information and support services for all those impacted by the attacks on 9/11.
Ceremony Honoring Connecticut's 9/11 First Responders and Volunteers
The Connecticut U.S. Attorney's office, the Connecticut Department of Emergency Services and Public Protection, and Voices of September 11th hosted the ceremony as a show of gratitude for emergency workers who rushed to the World Trade Center site a decade ago. Held at the 9/11 Memorial at Sherwood Island State Park in Westport, speakers included Governor Dan Malloy and VOICES Board member, Bonnie McEneaney. More.
Washington DC Forum
VOICES held its first 9/11 Information Forum and Luncheon in the Washington DC area for families, survivors and rescue workers of those lost on 9/11. The program was a partnership with the 9/11 Pentagon Memorial Fund. 9/11 family member Kathy Dillaber and survivor Laurie Kemp helped to coordinate the event, along with VOICES staff members and volunteers. WABC-TV reporter Diana Williams spoke to Pentagon family members and members of the VOICES staff about why it was important for VOICES to host this inaugural event. Watch the videos: Remembering 9/11 at the Pentagon and Pentagon prepares to mark September 11th.
Empty Sky Memorial in New Jersey
New Jersey's official 9/11 memorial opened on Saturday, September 10th after a solemn dedication attended by more than 3,000 people. The "Empty Sky" memorial, named after a Bruce Springsteen song inspired by the loss of life on 9/11, bears the names of those who died at the World Trade Center, the Pentagon and on Flight 93 in Shanksville, Pa. The commemoration included a slide show presentation, created by VOICES, of the more than 750 residents from New Jersey lost on 9/11. The slide show can now be seen at the New Jersey State Museum.
9/11 Tenth Anniversary Summit in Washington DC
On September 8th, the 9/11 Tenth Anniversary Summit in Washington, DC was held at the Newseum in Washington, DC. The day-long summit was cosponsored by Voices of September 11th, the Center for National Policy and the Rockefeller Foundation. Guest speakers included political leaders, engineers, 9/11 survivors, FEMA administrators, Coast Guard members and more. The discussions centered on a series of documentaries, including one produced by VOICES and Take Part entitled "Voices." The film features VOICES founder, Mary Fetchet; CEO of Fred Alger Management, Dan Chung; and family members Dana Tamuccio and Roman Gertsberg. You can view the 13 minute film here. The theme of Remembrance, Renewal and Resilience was also told in the six short form documentaries that were shown and in the panel discussions that followed. You can see all the films on the Road to Resilience website, http://www.road2resilience.org.
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Keith Roma Awards and Breakfast, September 8th
"Celebrating Our Everyday Heroes," the Keith Roma Humanitarian Awards and Memorial Breakfast, will take place on September 8th from 9-11 AM. It will be held at 7 World Trade Center on the 49th floor overlooking the 9/11 Memorial & Museum site. The program is sponsored by the New York Fire Patrol, the oldest paid fire organization in the United States. Keith Roma, who lost his life on 9/11, was a member of the organization.
9/11 Summit: Remembrance, Renewal, Resilience
Voices of September 11th is co-sponsoring the 9/11 Tenth Anniversary Summit with the Center for National Policy at the Newseum in Washington, DC. The Summit will be the main commemorative event in the nation's capital, remembering the almost 3,000 lives lost on September 11, 2011 and reflecting upon the extraordinary stories of unity, selflessness, and resilience surrounding the events of 9/11.
VOICES Day of Remembrance Events
VOICES will hold its annual commemorative events this year in two locations - in New York City and Washington DC. Our Tenth Annual Day of Remembrance Information Forum will be held on Saturday, September 10th and the Commemorative Luncheon on September 11th. More.
Morton Frank Golf Outing - Lake Success, NY on August 1
Each year family members and friends of Morty Frank participate in a golf outing with friends attending from as far away as Florida. The outing will take place at the Fresh Meadow Country Club in Lake Success, NY. It raises money for Lynbrook High School, the Adolescent Skills Center, Camp Sunshine, Sit, Stay, Read, the Carrera Adolescent Pregnancy Prevention Program and the Tribute WTC Center. For information about participating in the outing, contact Phyllis and Mel Frank at 212-772-3265.
9/11 Memorial and Museum Reservation Plans
The 9/11 Memorial has announced that family members will be offered the first opportunity to secure advance reservations to visit the 9/11 Memorial after it opens officially on September 12, 2011. They also reminded family members that they can visit names.911memorial.org to see their loved one's name and its permanent location on the Memorial in advance of the visit. Plans for visiting the site on September 11th will be announced soon by Mayor Bloomberg's office.
Reading Of The Names on 9/11
If any family member would like to read names at the commemoration ceremony at the World Trade Center on 9/11, please remember that the deadline to register is Friday, July 29th . All victims' names will be read, including the names of those lost at the Pentagon and Shanksville, Pa. If you would like to volunteer to read names or have any questions, please call: 212-442-8953 or e-mail email@example.com.
Launch of 9/11 National Day of Service and Remembrance
Congressional leaders met on July 14th at the U.S. Capitol to re-stitch the National 9/11 flag that was damaged in the aftermath of the collapse of the World Trade Center . The event also was the launch of the campaign for the 9/11 National Day of Service and Remembrance.` In support of the Tenth Anniversary, HandsOn Network has joined MyGood Deed to lead a coalition of national partners presenting this day of service. Visit their website for information on how you can participate.
Secretary Napolitano Releases Report On Fulfilling 9/11 Commission Recommendations
Seven years after the release of the 9/11 Commission report, Secretary of Homeland Security Janet Napolitano today released a Department of Homeland Security (DHS) report highlighting the significant progress that DHS, along with its many partners, have made in fulfilling specific recommendations by the 9/11 Commission to build a country that is stronger, safer and more resilient. Leading up to the 10th anniversary of the September 11th terrorist attacks, the report details advancements in strengthening and evolving the homeland security enterprise to better defend against evolving terrorist threats.
Moment of Remembrance on 9/11
With unanimous support, the U.S. Senate today approved a measure introduced by U.S. Senator Frank R. Lautenberg (D-NJ) calling on Americans to come together as a nation for a Moment of Remembrance at 1 p.m. EDT on September 11, 2011. The Moment of Remembrance will memorialize the 10th anniversary of the September 11th terrorist attacks across the country with a minute of reflection, marked by the ringing of bells, sounding of sirens and other actions to remember the victims.
Students Perform In Cabaret For 10th Anniversary
The musical theater students at the Somerset Count Vocational and Technical High School (SVTHS) chose to make Voices of September 11th the recipient of the proceeds for this year's show. The evening's message was, "Tonight we remember the past, hope for the future and appreciate the present." The end of the academic year marks the Somerset County Vocational and Technical High School's (SCVTHS) annual Cabaret-style fundraiser. The benefit, this year named, "There Will Be Light", was held at the Bridgewater Marriott Tuesday night. More.
Resilience for 9/11 Families and Survivors
The theme was "Resilience" for the fourth program in the 10th Anniversary of 9/11 series at the New Brunswick office of Voices of September 11th. The program featured Nicci Spinazzola, a licensed marriage and family therapist, professional counselor, and board-certified expert in trauma stress. Two additional speakers are scheduled for the upcoming months. More.
Mayor Rudolph Giuliani Keynote Speaker at VOICES Gala
VOICES hosted its 10th Annual Day of Remembrance Information Forum on Saturday, September 10th at the Marriott Downtown Hotel. VOICES hosted panel discussions, focus groups, 9/11 Living Memorial workshops, and exhibits of interest to 9/11 families, children, survivors rescue and recovery workers. On Sunday, September 11th we will host our Commemorative Luncheon at the Marriott Hotel, following the service at the 9/11 Memorial. More information will be available in the coming weeks. More.
Join us for a Presentation at the Morgan Library on May 13th
Mary Fetchet, Founding Director of Voices of September 11th, Lt. Bill Keegan (RET.) of the Port Authority Police Special Operations after 9/11, Maureen McNeil of the Anne Frank Center and Christine Nelson of the Morgan Library will talk about the power of journal keeping and will encourage participants to document their experience as the anniversary approaches in a Panel Discussion at the Morgan Library on May 13th at 6:30 PM. Admission is free, but reservations are required. More.
NJ 9/11 Memorial Foundation Fundraiser Announcement
New Jersey 9/11 Memorial Foundation announces its "Empty Sky" Memorial Benefit Dinner hosted by NJ 101.5's Dennis Malloy and featured musical entertainment, Christian Hoff, Michael Longoria, Daniel Reichard and J. Robert Spencer - The Midtown Men - Four Stars from the Original Cast of Jersey Boys (not a performance of, not affiliated with the show Jersey Boys). This is a special performance by The Midtown Men who are proud to show their support in this effort to raise additional funds for the Empty Sky Memorial, which will be officially opened and dedicated on September 10, 2011. More.
Captain Egan 5K Run/Walk on May 15
The 5th Annual Captain Martin J. Egan, Jr. 5K Memorial Run/Walk will take place on Sunday, May 15, 2011 at 10:00am at the Midland Beach Picnic Area. (Tahter Capodanno BLVD. & Lincoln Ave.) in Staten Island, New York. Proceeds to benefit a scholarship in Marty's Name at Monsignor Farrell High School. More.
TD Bank Five Boro Bike Tour
On May 1, more than 30,000 cyclists will experience New York City from a perspective unlike any other: pedaling down 42 miles of car-free streets through all five boroughs, taking in views of iconic landmarks like the Empire State building, Brooklyn Bridge, historic Harlem, and the Statue of Liberty. More.
Speaker Series: Journaling as Means of Self Expression
Voices of September 11th is offering a Speaker Series to provide 9/11 families, survivors and rescue and recovery workers with a community of support while promoting self-expression, healing and resilience.
They will be held at the VOICES New Brunswick office at 84 Albany Street in New Brunswick. Additional Speakers will be announced. Refreshments will be served. More.
9/11 Memorial Plans For Unidentified Remains
There have been recent news reports questioning the decision made many years ago regarding the inclusion of unidentified remains in the 9/11 Memorial Museum. Mary and Frank Fetchet joined with other 9/11 family members to create a joint letter which summarizes the thoughtful process that was guided by a wide range of family members over the course of many years. More.
A Caring Hand Spring Fundraiser – April 6
Spring arrives this weekend and next up on the calendar is the A Caring Hand, The Billy Esposito Foundation annual fundraising event on April 6th. We are returning to the spectacular Tribeca Rooftop for our tasting event with some favorite great restaurants from the past and some hot new ones. During the evening we are proud to honor some amazing New Yorkers with a special passion for our work with bereaved children and families. We will also have our live and silent auction and live music. More.
New York Says Thank You Film
The "New York Says Thank You" film which will be having its World Premier at the 2011 Tribeca Film Festival in Manhattan. To view the trailer of the film, go to the Tribeca site for the film, www.tribecafilm.com/filmguide/new_york_says_thank_you-film34428.html.
For more updates on premiers and screenings for the film click on: www.newyorksaysthankyoumovie.com.
9/11 Memorial Of Maryland
The state of Maryland will honor Maryland's victims, responders and their families at the Maryland 9/11 Memorial on the plaza of the World Trade Center in Baltimore's Inner Harbor. They have asked that Maryland residents review the names of those they plan to include and to advise them of any corrections. More.
Attorney General Announces Trial Venues
This afternoon Attorney General Eric Holder announced that he is referring the cases of the five 9/11 conspirators to the Department of Defense and the trials will proceed in a military tribunal. The press release is included below. If you have any questions, feel free to contact our office at 203-966-3911.
Homeland Security Committee Hold 9/11 Hearings
Last week, Mary Fetchet attended the Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee hearings chaired By Senator Joseph Lieberman and Senator Susan Collins. Governor Tom Kean and Congressman Lee Hamilton, Chairmen of the 9/11 Commission testified before the Committee. Although some progress has been made, the 9/11 Commissioners highlighted several areas that remain unresolved. As you know, these dedicated individuals remain committed to ensuring that the 9/11 Commission reforms are implemented. The link below includes their important testimony.
Memorial Plans for Unidentified Remains
There have been recent news reports questioning the decision made many years ago regarding the inclusion of unidentified remains in the 9/11 Memorial Museum. This prompted Frank and I to join with other 9/11 family members to create the following joint letter which summarizes the thoughtful process that was guided by a wide range of family members over the course of many years.
We recognize the sensitivity of this issue and would be happy to answer any questions you may have. More.
FealGood Foundation Sponsors Zadroga Law Legal Forum
The Fealgood Foundation has announced that they are sponsoring the first in a series of legal forums on Sunday, March 20th at Queens College Kepferberg Hall from 10am to 2pm. The forum will educate first responders and their family members about the legislation in the Zadroga Law and what they need to know before the legislation opens for filing. Several law firms will be featured in the panel discussion.
This forum is the first in a series of meetings that will be organized by the Fealgood Foundation over the next several months. More.
Bike Rider Pedals to Honor Classmates Lost On 9/11
For the first time, the TD Bank 5 Boro Bike Tour is offering participants the opportunity to "Ride For A Reason." Participant Anthony Saggese has 28 reasons - his fellow alumni at Xavierian High School in Bay Ridge, Brooklyn, who were lost on 9/11. Anthony is raising funds for VOICES in honor of these classmates when he participates in the 42 mile bike tour on May 1st. The school honors their fallen classmates each year on September 11th and has a tribute and eternal flame on the grounds of the school. Anthony said that he is reaching out to his fellow alumni to support him on his ride for VOICES. If you want to support his ride, Click Here.
Speaker Series in New Jersey VOICES' New Brunswick Office
VOICES is hosting a Speaker Series to help prepare 9/11 families, survivors and rescue and recovery workers for the tenth anniversary. Each of the presentations will focus on building a community of support while promoting self-expression, healing and resilience. All presentations will be held at our office at 84 Albany Street in New Brunswick, New Jersey.
Join us on Wednesday, March 30th from 1pm to 2:30pm to hear our first guest speaker, Victoria Roche, speak about journaling as a means of self-expression and freedom. Victoria is a licensed social worker and personal professional coach. Space is limited. Please contact Sheri Burkat at 732-543-2300 to make a reservation.
Volunteer For VOICES
Would you be interested in volunteering your time at VOICES? VOICES is expanding our volunteer program and is reaching out to our members to assist our staff in serving the 9/11 community. Do you have good computer skills or expertise in the area of photography, graphic design or journalism? Or would you like to help plan our community workshops and special events?
As we approach the tenth anniversary, the scope of VOICES' work continues to expand. Our volunteers make important contributions in assisting our staff in a variety of ways. Contact Frank Fetchet at 203-966-3911 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
9/11 Living Memorial Workshop Held at Sachem Library
Voices of September 11th sponsored a 9/11 Living Memorial Workshop at the Sachem Public Library last week. Family members and friends of those who perished in the attacks were offered the opportunity to assemble digital memorials of their loved ones at one of many similar workshops held annually in the Tri-State area and beyond by the nonprofit group.
The organization sponsors these one of a kind workshops as an integral part of their initiative. The 9/11 Living Memorial Project is a web-based archive that honors the nearly 3,000 lives lost and chronicles firsthand accounts of rescue workers and survivors. More.
9/11 Responders Remembered Committee Holds a 5K Walk
On Sunday, April 3, 2011, the "9/11 Responders Remembered" Committee will hold a 5K Walk at the Nesconset Gazebo. The walk will benefit the creation of a park that will commemorate the 9/11 responders who have died.
For more information, contact Rhonda Villamia at email@example.com.
Harlem Wizards Basketball Game to Benefit
Bruce Simmons Scholarship Foundation
The Harlem Wizards will take on the teachers, policemen, firemen and other community leaders in Hackettstown, New Jersey in a benefit basketball game. Proceeds from the game will go to the athletic department at the Hackettstown High School and to a scholarship fund honoring Bruce Simmons, who played lineman on the football team. Bruce's sister, Missy Albergato, describes the 41 year-old partner at Sandler, O’Neil as someone who lived life to the fullest. The individual selected for the scholarship must play the position of lineman and write an essay on the topic of "what courage means to you." The game will take place at Hackettstown High School on Friday, April 29th at 7:00pm.
The Diary: Three Centuries of Private Lives
This new exhibit at the Morgan Library & Museum has an interesting connection to those in the 9/11 community. Bill Keegan, a retired Port Authority Police lieutenant, served as the PAPD Night Operations Commander at the WTC site and he has contributed his diary to the collection on display. His diary describes line by line what he was doing on a daily basis in the recovery effort. The day displayed is Christmas Eve, 2001 - when he was working at the site and also preparing to go to Midnight Mass. Lt. Steve Mona, NYPD (Ret) and H.E.A.R.T. 9/11 member, has also contributed his reflections. The exhibit will be on display through May 22nd at the Morgan Library & Museum, 225 Madison Avenue at 36th Street, www.themorgan.org. After 9/11, Bill founded H.E.A.R.T. 9/11 and has recently returned from their tenth Haiti deployment, where the organization built a health clinic for the Love A Child Orphanage and housing for the victims' families.
VOICES Plans Its Spring Benefit
It isn't too early to be thinking about spring - and definitely not too early to start thinking about the Spring "Always Remember" benefit. We are still finalizing our plans and beginning to solicit donations for the auction, which is always a fun part of the event. If you can contribute an item for the auction - sporting event tickets, restaurant vouchers, theatre tickets, travel vouchers, gift certificates - please contact Stephanie Cowin at 203-966-3911 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Have you taken our survey yet?
Have you had a chance to take our survey yet? We are asking our members to tell us what they see their needs will be for the 10th Anniversary and ongoing by filling out our survey. Do you live outside the metropolitan area and need help with transportation arrangements for the 10th Anniversary commemorative events? Is there an issue or problem you would like addressed at our September 10th forum? Now is a good time to tell us what you think! More.
John D Solomon Emergency Preparedness Award
Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg and Office of Community Management (OEM) Commissioner Joseph R. Bruno announced the creation of a new emergency preparedness award to honor the late John D. Solomon at the graduation ceremony for 122 Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) volunteers on January 13, 2011. John Solomon was an active member of his team on Manhattan's Upper East Side. More.
Keep us up to date!
Have you moved, changed your phone number, or your email address recently? If you have, you may have been missing some of our communications. In the next year, having your contact information will be more important than ever. To update your information, please fill out your contact information on our survey or on our website. If you prefer, you could also call our office in New Canaan, 203-966-7959 or New Brunswick, 732-543-2299.
Rockland County 9/11 Memorial
The County of Rockland is reaching out to family members to invite them to see if they would like to change their loved one's photo currently displayed on the Memorial Panels in the Kiosk located by the September 11th Memorial. Black and white photos are preferred; however color photos may be used. They are asking that photos be sent to them by February 25th. Those families who have submitted photos for their Living Memorial can select one of those photos for the kiosk. If you have questions, you can call Michelle at VOICES at 203-966-3911 or the County of Rockland Environmental Resources office at 845-364-2670.
Holiday Party on December 14th in New Brunswick, New Jersey
The holidays is a wonderful time to gather together! We were glad to see old friends and new ones at our annual holiday party in our NJ office. The party was hosted by our NJ staff and it gave us the opportunity to introduce our newest staff member, Sheri Burkat. A few family members brought additional photographs to include in the Living Memorial. We also celebrated the news that Jamie Hakim's daughter was born on December 13th! More.
Sheri Burkat Joins VOICES New Brunswick Office
Sheri joins us as the Program Director at VOICES' NJ office. In addition to her party planning skills, she is a licensed social worker. Although Sheri has only been with us a few weeks, she has already participated in Living Memorial workshops on Long Island and in NJ. Sheri will manage the NJ office and will provide direct services to families, survivors and first responders through support groups, Living Memorial workshops, case management and community outreach.
Living Memorial Workshop in Rockville Center
VOICES staff hosted workshops in the tri-state area including some new communities. On November 30th, VOICES conducted its first Living Memorial workshop held at the Rockville Centre Public Library. Staff members from both the CT and NJ offices, as well as family member volunteers, participated in the workshops. A family member from the Rockville Centre community helped to organize the workshop for eighteen family members and friends in the area.
VOICES 2010 Year In Review Video - View Our Video
Our staff videographer Jean Garten, volunteered her time to prepare a short video to highlight some of VOICES activities. Our 2010 recap includes our Benefit with Tony Blair and Peter Yarrow, the September 10th Forum in NYC, the Best Practices conference at Rutgers University, a number of 9/11 Exhibits, and dozens of Living Memorial workshops in communities around the country. Thanks to the dedication and commitment of our staff, interns and volunteers we made significant accomplishments in 2010. Our thanks to Jean for putting the video together!
9/11 Day of Remembrance Information Forum
On September 10th VOICES hosted our 9th Annual Always Remember Information Forum at the Marriott Downtown Hotel in New York City. The forum included an annual update from Alice Greenwald on the progress of the National September 11 Memorial & Museum, panel discussions, roundtables for families and service providers and exhibits of many of the 9/11 Living Memorial sites. Several family members spoke including: Jay Winuk of My Good Deed, Bonnie McEneaney author of Messages and Janice Hazelcorn from Camp Haze. Jeff Harness from "New York Says Thank You" displayed a 30 foot American Flag which survived the attacks on the World Trade Center. More
VOICES Rings the Closing Bell of the New York Stock Exchange on September 10, 2010
On the eve of the 9th anniversary VOICES rang the Closing Bell at the NYSE to commemorate the upcoming anniversary. Founding Director Mary Fetchet rang the closing bell and Thomas H. Kean, Former Governor of New Jersey and Chairman of the 9/11 Commission hit the gavel. Joining them at the podium was Duncan L. Niederauer, President and Co-Chief Operating of the NYSE; Andrew M. Sanchek, Vice Chairman and President of Keefe, Bruyette & Woods, Inc; 9/11 Family Members - Frank Fetchet, Alessandra Benedetti, Michael Murray, Bonnie McEneaney, Debbie McEneaney and Duane Orloske; VOICES Board Members Jeff Blumenfeld, John Gannon and Marvin Kabatznick; VOICES Staff Madeline Pace and Debbie Westfal. More
VOICES Always Remember 9/11 Exhibit in New Brunswick, NJ
VOICES co-hosted an Opening Reception of the Always Remember 9/11 Exhibit on September 16th at the Heldrich Hotel in New Brunswick. The exhibit event was a collaboration between the Brodsky Center for Innovative Editions, DEVCO, the Heldrich Hotel and Conference Center and VOICES. Special guests included the Honorable Thomas Kean, Former Governor of New Jersey. More
Volunteers Presented with VOICES 2010 Building Bridges Awards at the September 10th Forum
Each year VOICES recognizes individuals who have made a significant contribution to those impacted by 9/11 with a Building Bridges Award. This year three dedicated VOICES volunteers, Duane Orloske, Kate O'Brien and Alessandra Benedetti, who lost loved ones on 9/11, were presented with the 2010 Building Bridges Awards.
For several years they have traveled long distances to volunteer in a number of capacities at our office in New Canaan, CT. Their unique perspectives as family members and their special skills have helped guide the organization. Over the years they have become an extension of our staff and we are grateful for their dedication. Please join us in thanking Duane, Kate and Alessandra for their important contributions. Their commitment of time and talents is an inspiration to us all.
Diane Brudnicki and Seattle Students Present Artwork at VOICES Information Forum
Once again Dianne Brudnicki, an art teacher from Duvall, Washington and her students attended our Day of Remembrance Information Forum to deliver handmade artwork to the 9/11 families. This year Dianne was joined by four of her students - Karina Cohrs, Cindy Wang, Brianna O'Brien and Melissa Brink.
Following 9/11, Dianne Brudnicki and her students created artwork which they published in the book, "Message of Hope, Peace and Love", which we helped distribute to the 9/11 families. Over the years Dianne and her students have become an important part of our September 10th Information Forum, traveling from Seattle, Washington to New York City to present the 9/11 families with gifts of beautiful artwork and comfort.
Shannon Yaskulka's Replication of the WTC Towers
When 12 year old Shannon Yaskulka was given the assignment to create a structure for her 6th grade school science fair, she immediately decided to create the Twin Towers of the World Trade Center in honor of her grandmother, Myrna Yaskulka, an employee of Fred Alger Management who perished on 9/11. Shannon replicated the Towers from newspapers and other recycled materials and wrote a brief narrative about the history of the World Trade Center. More
9th Annual September 11th Commemoration Ceremony
On July 9th, 2010 Mayor Bloomberg and the City of New York announced their plans for the 9th Annual September 11th Commemoration Ceremony. As in recent years the ceremony will take place at Zuccotti Park, adjacent to the World Trade Center site. If you are a family member who would like to read names or would like to suggest a participant please contact email@example.com or call 212-442-8953 by Friday, August 6th. For more information and to read the letter in its entirety Click Here.
Scout Surge 9/11
Voices of September 11th is pleased to join the Boy Scouts of America as they celebrate their 100th anniversary, as well as the Flag of Honor Project in promoting National Days of Remembrance. Through the program Scout Surge we can teach our youth about those who were lost on 9/11 and the events of that day. Scout Surge is a wonderful way to ensure future generations will "Always Remember". I hope you will visit the 9/11 Living Memorial Project to learn about the lives of these amazing people and the wonderful foundations and memorials that were created in their memory. More
Share your views on the plans for the Muslim Community Center
As you may have heard, plans to build a Muslim Community Center in Lower Manhattan, just a few blocks from the WTC site, progressed when the Landmark Preservation Commission denied granting the building landmark status. For those of you who are interested in sharing your thoughts with your elected officials, you can contact Mayor Bloomberg's office at www.nyc.gov/mayor or locate your Congressman or Senator at www.thomas.gov. We have included a brief survey and would appreciate if you would take a few moments to provide us with your thoughts on the issue. More
VOICES 3rd Annual Always Remember Gala
VOICES announces our third annual Always Remember Benefit Former British Prime Minister Tony Blair will be the keynote speaker at the Voices of September 11th third annual Always Remember Benefit, to be held in New York City on Monday, June 14, 2010. President Bill Clinton is the Honorary Chairman. Doors open at 6 p.m. In addition to the keynote address by Tony Blair, the gala features a cocktail reception, silent auction, special guests and musical entertainment. More
Messages: Signs, Visits and Premonitions from
Loved Ones Lost on 9/11
Bonnie McEneaney, a member of VOICES’ Board of Directors and Co-Chair of the 3rd annual Always Remember Benefit will be on 20/20 tonight, June 18. Bonnie will be discussing her recently released book, entitled Messages: Signs, Visits and Premonitions from Loved Ones Lost on 9/11. Her book contains inspiring true stories about the spiritual and paranormal experiences of those who lost loved ones on 9/11. More.
Memorial Gazebo Dedication Ceremony
The members of the Rye September 11, 2001 Memorial, Inc. invite the Rye community to the dedication of the Memorial Gazebo on the Village Green, Sunday, June 6, at 4 p.m. This ceremony serves as a way of showing thanks to the generous community and the other dear friends and loved ones who have supported the group and cherish those lost on September 11. More.
VOICES Summer Interns
This month VOICES welcomes our summer interns! After a brief orientation, they began working on a range of projects, most importantly preparing for our third annual Always Remember Benefit. With their assistance the event was a big success! Following the event, our interns are preparing for the September anniversary events and assisting our staff. More.
Edward T. Keane Memorial Quilt
Family members shared this beautiful keepsake with VOICES staff during their 9/11 Living Memorial appointment on June 24th at the Public Safety Training Academy, Parsippany, NJ. Barbara Keane (wife of Edward T. Keane), daughter Cynthia Keane Polo, M.D. and granddaughter Maggie Polo, proudly display this lovely, hand-sewn quilt honoring the life and loves of Edward. More.
TEAM VOICES Raises Funds in TD Bank Five Boro Bike Tour
On Sunday, May 2nd sixty-nine energetic cyclists from across the US and Canada rode on behalf of VOICES in the TD Bank Five Boro Bike Tour. Several cyclists participated in memory of loved ones lost on 9/11. In addition, members of various police and fire departments participated in honor of their fallen colleagues. More
9/11 Living Memorial Video
During the month of May, VOICES conducted a series of interviews with family members, rescue workers, and survivors to demonstrate our work on the 9/11 Living Memorial Project. Our thanks to 9/11 family members Carol Ashley, the Henwood Family, Jackie Mardikian, Meryl Mayo-Marshall, Bonnie McEneaney, Faith Miller, Duane Orloske, Jill Pila; survivor Victor Guarnera; John Duffy, Jacqueline Day, Thomas Michaud and Andrew Senchak; Alice Greenwald, and the VOICES staff. More.
United Way recognizes VOICES Volunteer, Colleen McGinley
In celebration of National Volunteer Week, the United Way of Central Jersey hosted an Awards Presentation and Dinner Reception at Hess Corporate Center, Woodbridge, NJ. We are very proud that one of VOICES' dedicated volunteers, Miss Colleen McGinley, was recognized as a 2010 Hometown Hero by the United Way of Central Jersey for the work that she has done in our New Jersey office. More
The National Network for Social Work Managers
honors VOICES Founding Director
VOICES Founding Director, Mary Fetchet was presented a Special Recognition Award for Outstanding Leadership in Extraordinary Circumstances by the National Network for Social Work Managers. The two day conference, held at Fordham University was hosted by the 21st Annual Management Institute. More
VOICES celebrates the graduation of our
social work interns from Rutgers University
VOICES staff honored this years social work interns, from left to right, Marian Pho, Samantha Hampton, Vicky Fragasso and Sara Friedman. The celebration included homemade graduation caps, sharing memories of relationships forged, lots of laughter and of course, DESSERT! More
Checks should be sent to: VOICES of September 11th
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New Canaan, CT 06840
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