August 29 , 2008

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August 29, 2008



Dear Families and Friends,

For those of you who are just returning from vacation, I want to remind you to make reservations to attend the September 10th Information Forum and September 11th Commemorative Luncheon.  This year’s two day event, entitled A Day of Remembrance, is a full agenda of panel discussions, workshops and a 9/11 exhibit.  Our staff will be available by appointment to digitize photographs, memorial programs and other mementos you’d like to include in the 9/11 Living Memorial digital archive.  Seating is limited, so remember to contact our office early next week if you are interested in attending either day. In the coming week we will distribute a detailed schedule of events, but in the meantime we encourage you to visit our website to learn more about the event.       

Today marks the third anniversary of Hurricane Katrina, which devastated the Gulf coast in the summer of 2005 and took the lives of over 1800 people.  As I’m writing this letter, news reports indicate that Hurricane Gustav is once again heading for the Gulf Coast. The prospect of another hurricane in the Gulf Coast, with tropical storm Hannah forming close behind, emphasizes the importance of preparedness.  We have included a link to information from the American Red Cross on how to prepare for a hurricane.  During the month of September we will join the Department of Homeland Security in providing a variety of tips on our website on how to ready your homes and families for an emergency.   
In closing, as we celebrate Labor Day weekend our thoughts will be with those who may be affected by the storm.    


Warm Regards,


Mary and the Voices Staff



VOICES September 10th and September 11th Events


September 10th Day of Remembrance and September 11th Commemorative Luncheon

Below are details on our Seventh Anniversary commemorative events. We are still updating our agenda, so please visit our Seventh Anniversary Events Page to see the latest information on panels and participants. To RSVP for the Day of Remembrance or to make a 9/11 Living Memorial Workshop appointment please contact Michelle Doherty at (203) 966 - 3911, mdoherty@voicesofsept11.org.  If you are a family member, rescue worker or survivor and wish to attend the September 11th Commemorative Luncheon, please make your reservations by September 5th. Space is limited and is filling up fast. Our sponsors have subsidized the event so that we can offer lunch at $20 per person. Contact Michelle (information above) to make your reservation.


September 10 Day of Remembrance


10:00 am to 6:00 pm

9/11 Living Memorial Workshops by Appointment

Panel Discussions, Breakout Sessions and 9/11 Exhibits


10:00 am



10:30 am to 11:00 am

Opening Remarks by Mary Fetchet, Founding Director, Voices of September 11th


11:00 am to 12 Noon

National September 11 Memorial & Museum (NS11MM) Update


Alice M. Greenwald, Director, National September 11 Memorial & Museum (NS11MM)

Tom Hennes, Principal, Thinc Design

Jake Barton, Principal, Local Projects, LP

Michael Shulan, Creative Director

Jan Seidler Ramirez, Chief Curator and Director of Collections, NS11MM

Sonnet Takahisa, Director of Education

Caitlin Zampella, Director of Program Partnership Initiatives

Available for Questions:

Cliff Chanin, Sr. Program Advisor

Amy Weisser, Sr. Exhibition Developer

Adina Langer, Memorial Exhibition Manager, Curatorial Assistant


1:30 pm to 2:30 pm

9/11 Living Memorial, NS11MM Curators and StoryCorps September 11th Initiative


Dave Isay, StoryCorps

Jan Seidler Ramirez, Chief Curator and Director of Collections, NS11MM

Mary Fetchet, Founding Director, Voices of September 11th


3:00 pm to 4:00 pm

The Unmet Needs of the 9/11 Community


4:30 pm to 6:00 pm

Closing Session and Networking


September 11th Commemorative Luncheon


Noon - 3:00 pm


Galen Tate, Organist and Music Director, Saint Thomas More Church, Darien, Connecticut  

Dr. John Michniewicz

Joan Carlo

Matthew Thomas


Reservations by September 5th  

$20 per person  

To RSVP for the Day of Remembrance, Commemorative Luncheon or to schedule an appointment for the 9/11 Living Memorial Workshop, please contact Michelle Doherty at (203) 966 - 3911, mdoherty@voicesofsept11.org  


Our Thanks  

The two day event is a partnership between Voices of September 11th and The National September 11 Memorial & Museum at the World Trade Center. A very special thanks to our donors who made these events possible:  


John & Margo Catsimatidis  

Gov. George E. Pataki and John Cahill with Chadbourne & Parke LLP  



VOICES Programs and events


Teleconference Schedule:

Tuesday, September 2: Parents Tuesday AM Group 11:00am to 12:15pm

Tuesday, September 2: Parents Group 3:45pm to 5:00pm

Tuesday, September 2: Parenting Group 9:00pm to 10:00pm


Take Part in our 9/11 Living Memorial Workshops on September 10th

Our biggest round of 9/11 Living Memorial workshops this year is taking place at our Forum in New York City on September 10th. We encourage 9/11 families, rescue workers and survivors to attend. Contact our office to schedule an appointment between 10 am and 6 pm on September 10th. Reservations can be made by contacting Michelle Doherty at mdoherty@voicesofsept11.org or by phone at (203) 966-3911.


If you can't attend the September 10th event and want to begin the workshop process, you can schedule an individual appointment can be scheduled at our New Canaan, CT office. For more information on participating in the 9/11 Living Memorial project, contact our office or visit www.911livingmemorial.org.





Saturday, August 30, 2008
Fall Fundraising Event 'Billy Elliott' (The Musical) !!Last Day for Tickets!!

Fred Gabler Helping Hand Camp Fund Fundraiser
Billy Elliot (The Musical)
Imperial Theater
249 West 45th Street
New York City


Price: $190 PER Ticket
RSVP by August 30th
Fred Gabler Helping Hand Camp Fund Events

Saturday, September 6, 2008
7th Annual Damian Meehan 5-K Memorial Run/Walk
Central Valley, NY
Saturday September 6, 2008
5th Annual Frank Thomas "F. T." Aquino Outing Texas Hold’em − Family Day
Nansens Lodge, Staten Island
Sunday, September 7, 2008
Reaching New Heights - 6th Annual 'Freedom Flight' 9/11 Tribute

City of Long Beach (near Riverside on the beach)


Sunday, September 7, 2008
2nd Annual Brooklyn Freedom Walk

The Church of St. Brendan

Located at Avenue O between East 12th and East 13th Street

Hosted by Troop 446 Boy Scouts of America

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Wednesday, September 10, 2008
First Annual Rockland County Mass of Remembrance

St Francis of Assisi Church

128 Parrot Rd
West Nyack, NY 10994

RSVP 845-634-4957

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Sunday, September 14, 2008
7th Annual Capt. Gerald F. DeConto U.S. Navy Scholarship 5-K Run/Walk
Sandwich, MA
Dave DeConto 508-888-8571
Sunday, October 12, 2008
"Back in the Day" ... with Mike IV Annual Doo Wop Fundraiser

In Honor of FDNY FF Michael Kiefer

Plattdeutsche Park Restaurant

1132 Hempstead Turnpike

Franklin Square, NY 11010-1535

RSVP by September 25,2008 - Call Bud Kiefer at (516) 485-5021

$100 per person

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If you would like to include your upcoming event in our calendar, please forward the information to events@voicesofsept11.org