Voices Newsletter

April 3, 2012

Dear Families and Friends,

Cupcakes and daffodils - what a wonderful way to mark a special occasion!

St. Peter's ServiceOn Saturday, March 24th, VOICES invited members of the 9/11 community to come together for an interfaith service and a visit to the 9/11 Memorial. The gathering took place at the historic St. Peter's R.C. Church, just a short distance from the World Trade Center site. Father Kevin Madigan and Reverend Dale Lind led the participants in prayer and Rabbi Norman R. Patz wrote in his message that "we must be the instruments of God's justice and mercy."

The musical selections performed by Galen Tate, Joan Olson, Matt Thomas, and Nada Radulovich were beautiful and touching. In her remarks, Alice Greenwald, Director of the 9/11 Memorial, was among those to comment on the stirring performances of The Prayer, We Remember Them and The Blessing.

CupcakesAnd then there were those cupcakes and daffodils! Thanks to the generosity of Georgetown Cupcake, which has recently opened its first New York store in Soho, we were treated to a delicious dessert. It complemented the generous-sized sandwiches provided by the Corner Gourmet and the Kitchenette, also located in Manhattan. Dozens of daffodils, contributed by Connecticut's Stew Leonard Supermarket, graced the tables at the reception and later were distributed to attendees to bring to the 9/11 Memorial.

The visit to the 9/11 Memorial gave us the opportunity to visit together as a community and leave daffodils in remembrance of our loved ones lost. We are very grateful to the museum staff for making us feel so welcome. Daffodils at the Memorial

As one of our family members said, "We went to the Memorial and laid the daffodil by our son's name. It was the first time my husband was there. It was so good to be among families and not tourists."

All of us at VOICES are grateful to those who contributed so meaningfully to its success. Thank you to all who offered to participate in the service, including Kenneth and Sharon Ambrose, Alessandra Benedetti, Bridget Cagney, Mary and David Henwood, Nancy Holzhauer, Gloria and Anthony Ingrassia, Miles Kass, Cristina McGinniss, Arnold and Rosemary Roma, Linda Woodwell, and Charlie Wolf. We owe a very special thank you to Father Madigan for welcoming us at St. Peter's.

To view additional pictures of the Interfaith Service and the visit to the 9/11 Memorial, click here. To view a video of the visit to the Memorial prepared by filmmaker Jake Diserio, click here.

Warm Regards
Mary Fetchet & the VOICES Staff


9/11 Living Memorial
Workshop Appointments

New Canaan, Connecticut
Monday - Friday

New Brunswick, New Jersey
Monday - Thursday

New York, New York
Thursday, April 19th

For a full schedule of upcoming
workshop appointments Click Here.

VOICES Teleconference Schedule

Weekday, April 17th:
Rockland In-Person Group
7:00pm to 9:00pm

Weekday, April 18th:
Siblings' Teleconference Group
2:30pm to 3:30pm

Weekday, April 24th:
Witness/Survivors' Support Group
4:00pm to 5:00pm

Tuesday, May 1st:
Firefighter Mothers' Group
10:00am to 11:00am

Tuesday, May 1st:
Parents' Support Group
3:45pm to 5:00pm

Tuesday, May 1st:
Parenting Teleconference Group
9:00pm to 10:00pm

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.


Save The Date for VOICES Annual Gala -June 20
Always Remember GalaThe Voices of September 11th Always Remember Gala will once again be held at Pier Sixty in New York City. The evening is always a special one, filled with wonderful music and inspirational speakers. The location on the Hudson River never fails to entertain, with the coming and going of pleasure yachts and tug boats. The food is always imaginative, delicious, and served by a friendly staff. We hope many of our friends and family members will be able to join us again this year. Click here for more information.

College Prep Seminar - April 18
College Prep SeminarThe 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 mdoherty@voicesofsept11.org or by calling 203-966-3911.

The John and Slyvia Resta Memorial Golf Outing - Friday, May 4
The John and Slyvia Resta Memorial Golf OutingThe 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 8:00am 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 tjdeggs@yahoo.com or go to johnandsylviaresta.org.

The FF Christopher Mozzillo Memorial Golf Tournament - Thursday, May 10
The FF Christopher Mozzillo Memorial Golf TournamentThe 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 tgmikem@gmail.com, or go to www.christophermozzillo.com.

The Michael C. Rotherberg 9/11 Memorial Scholarship Dinner - Thursday, May 24
The Michael C. Rotherberg 9/11 Memorial Scholarship DinnerThe 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 mcrscholarship@aol.com or go to www.michaelrothbergscholarship.com.

The Haskall Brothers Golf Tournament - Thursday, May 24
The Haskall Brothers Golf TournamentThe Haskall Brothers Golf Tournament will be held Thursday, May 24, 2012 in Lido Beach, NY. If you are interested in learning more, please contact eclaney@hopeforthewarriors.org or go to http://www.hopeforthewarriors.org/calendar.html.

The Billy Esposito Foundation's Gala - Wednesday, May 16
The Billy Esposito Foundation's GalaThe 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 robingoodman@acaringhand.org or go to http://acaringhand.org/buy-2012-benefit-tickets/.

The Captain Martin J. Egan 5-K Walk/Run - Sunday, May 20
The Captain Martin J. Egan 5-K Walk/RunThe 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.

Zadroga Act Sponsors Request a Meeting with HHS Secretary Sebelius
In response to this week's vote by the Science/Technical Advisory Committee, U.S. Reps. Carolyn Maloney, Jerrold Nadler, and Peter King, along with U.S. Sens. Kirsten Gillibrand and Charles Schumer, the prime sponsors of the Act, sent a letter to U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius requesting a meeting to discuss the process of how the Department will proceed with a decision on whether to add certain cancers to the list of covered conditions in the World Trade Center Health Program. More.

9/11 Health Bill Authors Applaud STAC Recommendation
Today, the Science/Technical Advisory Committee (STAC) of the World Trade Center Health Program voted to add certain types of cancers for coverage under the program. U.S. Reps. Carolyn Maloney (D-NY), Jerrold Nadler (D-NY), and Peter King (R-NY), authors of H.R. 847, the James Zadroga 9/11 Health and Compensation Act, lauded today's real progress toward inclusion of cancers under their legislation and issued the following joint statement. More.

Expert: Post-9/11 Measures Played Role
Post-Sept. 11, 2001, measures, including those aimed at making cockpits more secure, could have played a role in ensuring a frightening turn of events aboard a JetBlue airliner didn't transform into a disaster Tuesday, an aviation security expert said. More.

N.J. Hero of 9/11 to be Honored by Federal Award in his Name
A New Jersey hero of 9/11 immortalized in print and song will now be remembered as well by the federal government, with the creation of the Rick Rescorla National Award for Resilience that will be given to civilians who respond extraordinarily to disasters. More.

Medical Panel Recommends More Than 30 Different Kinds of Cancers be Covered
An advisory medical panel Wednesday recommended more than 30 different kinds of cancers be covered by the Zadroga 9/11 health care act for those injured and sickened by their exposure to Ground Zero toxins. More.

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