VOICES Newsletter


August 25, 2010

Dear Families and Friends,

As the 9th anniversary approaches, it has been wonderful to hear from so many of you! The anniversary is always a time of reflection but also a time to reconnect with the 9/11 community and welcome those who are joining us for the first time. VOICES staff has been busy responding to a variety of concerns, requests for services and inquiries about opportunities to participate in the upcoming commemorative events.

In preparation for the upcoming anniversary we are hosting informal gatherings at our New Jersey office on Wednesday, September 1st from noon to 2pm and at our Connecticut office on Thursday, September 2nd from 6pm to 8pm. The gatherings will be an opportunity to discuss topics of interest with others who have a shared experience.

September 5th VOICES will participate in the 2nd Annual World Trade Center Run to Remember. Thanks to all who have already registered to run (or walk) and raise funds for VOICES.

On September 10th we will host our 9th annual Day of Remembrance events in New York City. The Information Forum will include a full schedule of expert panelists, roundtable discussions, 9/11 Living Memorial workshops and exhibits. Staff from the NYC Medical Director will be available to make IDís and update the families on the identification process. Our dear friends, Dianne Brudnicki and her art students will make their annual journey from Seattle, Washington to distribute gifts to the 9/11 families. Our social work staff will be available to meet individually with those attending.

Following the forum we hope you will join us for VOICES Day of Remembrance Benefit on the floor of the New York Stock Exchange. The cocktail reception will be held from 6pm to 9pm. All proceeds from the event will support our continued work to create the 9/11 Living Memorial as a meaningful tribute to honor the lives of those we lost. Reservations are required.

In closing, as the debate about plans for the Islamic Center near Ground Zero continues, we are gathering input from our membership. If you havenít already, please be sure to participate in the survey we are conducting.

As always, please contact our office if we can be of assistance.

Warm regards,
 
Signature

Mary Fetchet & The VOICES Staff

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CALENDAR OF EVENTS


9/11 Living Memorial
Workshop Appointments


New Canaan, CT
August - September
Monday – Friday
10:00am – 3:00pm

New Brunswick, NJ
August – September
Tuesday and Thursday
9:00am to 4:00pm

New Brunswick, NJ
August – September
Wednesday
9:00am – 7:00pm

New York City
September 10th
Marriott Downtown
8:00am – 3:00pm



For a full schedule of upcoming
workshop appointments Click Here.


VOICES Teleconference Schedule

Tuesday, September 7th:
Firefighter Mothers' Group
10:00am to 11:00am


Tuesday, September 7th:
Parents' Support Group
3:45pm to 5:00pm


Tuesday, September 7th:
Parenting Teleconference Group
9:00pm to 10:00pm


Tuesday, September 8th:
Siblings' Group
2:30pm to 3:30pm


For a full schedule of upcoming teleconference groups Click Here.

For a complete list of events visit our website at www.voicesofsept11.org.

To add an event to our calendar contact newsletters@voicesofsept11.org.



VOICES hosts 9th Annual 9/11 Day of Remembrance Information Forum
Day of Remembrance Image
On Friday, September 10th VOICES will host our 9th Annual Day of Remembrance events in New York City. The Information Forum will be held from 8am to 4pm at the Marriott Downtown, 85 West Street, NYC. The Forum will include roundtables, panel discussions, workshops and exhibits. Our staff will conduct 9/11 Living Memorial Workshop appointments throughout the day and VOICES social workers will be available for consultation. A full schedule will be posted on our websited and distributed early next week. Reservations are requred and there is a $25 admission fee to offset our costs. For more information or to register online click here.



VOICES Day of Remembrance Events at the New York Stock Exchange

At 4pm VOICES board members and staff will ring the bell at the New York Stock Exchange. The event will be televised on CNBC and Bloomberg News.

Join VOICES for the Day of Remembrance Benefit at the New York Stock Exchange
All are welcome to attend VOICES Day of Remembrance Cocktail Reception on the floor of the New York Stock Exchange from 6pm to 8pm. The event is a wonderful opportunity to gather with the 9/11 community in advance of the anniversary. We suggest you arrive a half hour early to clear security. All proceeds will support our ongoing work with the 9/11 families, survivors and rescue workers to create the 9/11 Living Memorial Project.

Admission is
$150 per person and reservations are required. Contact Michelle Doherty at 203-966-3911 or email at mdoherty@voicesofsept11.org or register online at www.voicesofsept11.org by September 1st.

VOICES Always Remember 9/11 Exhibit
September 16th - November 30, 2010

ImageJoin us for an Opening Reception on Thursday, September 16, 2010 at the Brodsky Center Gallery at the Heldrich Hotel, 10 Livingston Avenue, New Brunswick, New Jersey from 6:30pm to 8:30pm. The Always Remember 9/11 Exhibit, is an exhibition of VOICES artwork, quilts and collages of photographs from the 9/11 Living Memorial Project, commemorating the lives and stories of September 11, 2001. Governor Tom Kean will be our special guest.

The event is a collaboration between Voices of September 11th, The Brodsky Center for Innovative Editions, The Heldrich Hotel & Conference Center, and the New Brunswick Development Corporation (DEVCO). The exhibit runs from September 16, 2010 through November 30, 2010. RSVP to Michelle Doherty at mdoherty@voicesofsept11.org. More.


World Trade Center Run to Remember
Day of Remembrance ImageRun (or Walk) to raise funds for VOICES in the Second Annual 9/11 World Trade Center Run to Remember. Join VOICES in the 9/11 World Trade Center 3K Fun Run or 5K Run to Remember on September 5, 2010.

Voices of September 11th is proud to participate in the 2nd annual Inaugural World Trade Center Run to Remember on September 5, 2010 on Governors Island in New York City. We invite you to join us to honor the memories of all the 9/11 victims while raising funds and awareness for several 9/11 organizations including Voices of September 11th. More.



VOICES Hosts Gatherings for the 9/11 community at our CT and NJ offices -
September 1st and 2nd

ImageJoin the VOICES staff and 9/11 friends for an informal gathering to socialize and discuss topics of interest. Our social workers will be available to facilitate a discussion as we prepare for the upcoming anniversary. 9/11 families, survivors, rescue and recovery workers are invited. Children are welcome to attend.

VOICES staff will host a lunch gathering on Wednesday, September 1st from 12noon to 2pm at our New Jersey office located at 84 Albany Street, New Brunswick, New Jersey.

On Thursday, September 2nd an evening gathering will take place at our Connecticut office located at 161 Cherry Street, 2nd floor, New Canaan, CT. from 6pm to 8pm. A light buffet will be served. RSVP: Monica Rosado at mrosado@voicesofsept11.org or call 203-966-3911.




Share your views on the plans for the Muslim Community Center
VOICES Survey Image
VOICES is conducting a survey to understand the views of our membership on plans to build an Islamic Center two blocks from the National September 11 Memorial Museum at Ground Zero. If you haven't yet participated in the survey we encourage you to do so.

The survey will end Friday, August 27th and results will be published Monday, August 30th. The survey is anonymous but comments will be published along with the results. More.



VOICES 9/11 Living Memorial Workshops
ImageDuring the months of September and October VOICES will host 9/11 Living Memorial workshops in Connecticut, New Jersey, New York, Massachusetts and Virginia. In the coming weeks we will finalize our fall schedule, so feel free to contact our office if you are interested in scheduling a workshop in your community.

The VOICES staff will conduct 9/11 Living Memorial workshops at the September 10th Day of Remembrance Information Forum in New York City between the hours of 8am and 4pm. Contact our office at 203-966-3911 for more information or to schedule an appointment. View the 9/11 Living Memorial Video.




9th Annual Walk with Joe
The 9th annual Walk with Joe will be held on Saturday, September 11th, 2010, 10 a.m. at Monmouth Battlefield State Park in Manalapan, NJ. The Walk with Joe honors Patrick "Joe" Driscoll, a hero on Flight 93, as well as the other victims of 9/11. More.

9th Annual Lorraine Greene Lee Memorial Golf Outing
Enjoy 18 holes of golf (including cart), a gift bag for each player, lunch and a wonderful coctail hour, dinner and gift auction. The cost of the event is only $250 per golfer. Coctails and dinner only is $100 per person. This years event will be held Monday, September 27, 2010 at the Belle Vista Country Club, Marlboro, New Jersey. More.


Deadline to Register for WTC Workers Compensation Approaches
People who performed rescue, recovery or clean-up work at the World Trade Center have until Sept. 13 to register with the New York State Workers’ Compensation Board to preserve their eligibility for future benefits, should they ever need them. More.

Michelle Obama, Laura Bush to unite for 9/11 memorial event
In recent weeks US politics has been roiled by a divisive and angry debate about whether it is proper to build a mosque two blocks from the site of the World Trade Center, destroyed on September 11, 2001. More.

Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid may bring 9/11 aid bill to floor
The leader of the U.S. Senate is weighing whether to bring up the key 9/11 health bill for a full vote after Congress returns from vacation, the Daily News has learned. More.

Paterson Would Offer New Site for Mosque Away From Ground Zero
Gov. David A. Paterson said Tuesday that he would consider offering state-owned property to the developers of a $100 million Muslim center and mosque if they decided to build it farther from ground zero. More.


Visit VOICES In The News for articles and announcements of interest to the 9/11 community.


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www.voicesofsept11.org

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VOICES of September 11th is a nonpartisan advocacy group that provides services and advocates for all those affected by September 11th; promotes public policy reform on prevention, preparedness and response to terrorism; and builds bridges between international communities changed by terrorism. In 2006, VOICES launched the 9/11 Living Memorial digital archive that commemorates the lives and stories of September 11, 2001.