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UNITED IN MEMORY 9/11 VICTIMS MEMORIAL QUILT

 
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PostPosted: Wed Aug 23, 2006 4:08 pm    Post subject: UNITED IN MEMORY 9/11 VICTIMS MEMORIAL QUILT
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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

ST. JOHN’S UNIVERSITY STATEN ISLAND CAMPUS TO HOST
UNITED IN MEMORY 9/11 VICTIMS QUILT EXHIBIT, SEPTEMBER 9-11 IN OBSERVANCE OF FIVE YEAR ANNIVERSARY OF TRAGEDY

Queens, N.Y. (August 17, 2006) – The St. John’s University Staten Island Campus will be the site for the preview of the United in Memory 9/11 Victims Memorial Quilt Exhibit presented by Where-To-Turn and the Joseph Maffeo Foundation on display the weekend of September 9-11. The university’s Student Center Gymnasium, 300 Howard Avenue, Staten Island, N.Y. will house the exhibit to commemorate the 5th anniversary of the tragedy.

The exhibit, a 16,000-square-foot quilt that stretches more than 1,500 linear feet, is a traveling memorial in honor of each individual victim of the 9/11 terrorist attacks.

The public is invited to attend the exhibit on Saturday and Sunday from 11:00a.m.-6:00 p.m. St. John’s students and victims’ family members will have a private showing from 9:00 a.m-Noon on Monday, September 11 with the general public following from Noon-5:00 p.m. The exhibit is free to the public but corporate and private donations are accepted.

“The nation and the entire world mourned the insurmountable loss of thousands of lives at the World Trade Center, the Pentagon, and on the fields of Pennsylvania,” said Corey Gammel CEO and project founder of United in Memory. “And it was out of this human need, that the United in Memory 9/11 Victims Memorial Quilt Project was born.”

Gammel also stated that the quilt, which would stretch across a quarter-mile if the panels were aligned end to end, was completed in 11 months; a remarkable feat considering it was done largely as a grass-roots effort.

More than 3,600 volunteers from every state in the United States and 17 countries around the world have contributed to the making of the quilt. Volunteer quilter Carolyn Pierce from Mitchellville, Maryland contributed a block in the name of Seth Morris, a 35-year old broker from Cantor Fitzgerald lost in the World Trade Center.

“Seth Morris by all accounts was a great family man, like so many of the September 11 victims,” said Pierce. “The greatest tragedy of all is the thousands of young children who had to go through the trauma of losing one or both of their parents in such a sudden and sickening way and now will be growing up without them.”

St. John’s University was honored to be selected as the site for the quilt’s only New York appearance especially with the fifth anniversary of the tragedy being commemorated in 2006.

“We are ever so proud to house this special exhibit in honor of all those who perished just five years ago at the World Trade Center. St. John’s University shares in this commemorative observance with all New Yorkers, especially on Staten Island, a community that suffered great losses,” said Joseph Sciame, St. John’s Vice President for Community Relations.

Where-To-Turn (a crisis relief network for victims of tragedy) will also be organizing a Memorial Service the morning of 9/11, bus transportation to Ground Zero from area locations, the showing of the Tower of Lights from Staten Island and a local choir will perform during a weekend long schedule of events.

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“We must never forget the nearly 3,000 friends and family who were lost on that tragic day in September five years ago. Events like this help us to remember and celebrate the lives of our loved ones,” said Dennis McKeon, Executive Director of Where-To-Turn. “It is the ongoing mission of Where-To-Turn and the Joseph Maffeo Foundation to make sure that we never forget and to make the world a better place in honor of those who were lost.”

For a detailed listing of 9/11 events sponsored you can visit their web site at:

http://www.where-to-turn.org/phpBB2/viewforum.php?f=6


For media interviews regarding the 9/11 Quilt Exhibit contact Dominic Scianna, Director of Media Relations, St. John’s University at 718-990-6185 or email inquiries to sciannad@stjohns.edu. For information on the United In Memory organization contact Lori Strejlau, Director at 631-243-0188 or email inquiries to www.unitedinmemoryny@aol.com.

For inquires regarding Where-To-Turn contact Dennis McKeon Executive Director at 718-619-2371 or dennis.mckeon@where-to-turn.org. The Joseph Matteo Foundation can be contacted by emailing Keith Manfredi, Director, the Joseph Maffeo Foundation at maffeofoundation@aol.com
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