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|Posted: Mon Aug 28, 2006 6:06 pm Post subject: WTC MEMORIAL FOUNDATION TO RECEIVE $1.3 MILLION
From Mon Aug 28, 2006 2:00 am to Thu Aug 31, 2006 1:59 am (included)
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Monday, August 28, 2006
WTC MEMORIAL FOUNDATION TO RECEIVE $1.3 MILLION DONATION FROM “WORLD TRADE CENTER” OPENING
The World Trade Center Memorial Foundation today announced that it is receiving a $1.3 million donation from the release of the film “World Trade Center.” The donation represents five percent of the box office receipts for the film’s opening five days, from Wednesday, August 9th, through Sunday, August 13th, from nearly 3,000 theaters throughout the U.S. The Foundation is among four New York-based charitable organizations that honor the memory of those lost in the September 11th attacks or provide ongoing support to their families, receiving a combined donation of $2.6 million from ten percent of the opening ticket sales.
Joseph Daniels, Acting President of the World Trade Center Memorial Foundation, said, “The story of Port Authority Police Officers Will Jimeno and John McLoughlin are among the countless stories of heroism and compassion in response to the events of September 11th. This donation will help ensure that these acts of bravery and kindness are known by future generations through the World Trade Center Memorial and Museum. We are deeply grateful for the donation from Paramount.”
The $1.3 million donation will go to the construction of the World Trade Center Memorial’s two reflecting pools to be located on the footprints of the original Twin Towers. The remaining $1.3 million will be shared equally among Tuesday’s Children, the Tribute WTC Visitor Center and the New York Police and Fire Widows’ and Children’s Benefit Fund.
The film, directed by Oliver Stone, tells the true story of real life Port Authority Police Officers Will Jimeno and John McLoughlin, who were rescued hours after being buried beneath the rubble of the World Trade Center. The film recounts their courage, follows their families as they wait for word, and shows the heroism of their rescuers. "World Trade Center” is a Paramount Pictures release.
To date, the World Trade Center Memorial Foundation has received $132.3 million in pledges from over 17,000 donors in all 50 states and 11 countries. The Foundation launched a national pro bono advertising campaign in July to increase awareness and garner donations to build the Memorial and Museum.
ABOUT THE WORLD TRADE CENTER MEMORIAL FOUNDATION
The World Trade Center Memorial Foundation, Inc. is the not-for-profit corporation founded in 2005 to realize the Memorial quadrant at the World Trade Center site. The Foundation will raise the funds, oversee the design, and operate the Memorial, the Memorial Museum, and a Visitor Orientation and Education Center located on 8 of the 16 acres of the site.
The Memorial will remember and honor the thousands of people who died in the horrific attacks of February 26th, 1993 and September 11th, 2001. The design, "Reflecting Absence," created by Michael Arad and Peter Walker consists of two voids that reside in the footprints of the original Twin Towers surrounded by a plaza of oak trees. The Arad/Walker design was selected from a design competition which included more than 5,000 entrants from 63 nations.
The Memorial Museum will include artifacts, interactive exhibitions, a resource center, contemplative areas, and educational programming which will convey individual and collective stories honoring the memory of the victims and recounting the experiences of survivors, responders, area residents, and witnesses. The Memorial Museum will help facilitate an encounter with both the enormity of the loss and the triumph of the human spirit that are at the heart of 9/11, as it affirms the courage, compassion, sacrifice and resilience - the best of humanity - demonstrated at a moment of cataclysmic tragedy.
Donations can be made through the Foundation’s website, and more information on the Foundation can be found at http://www.buildthememorial.org/ or by calling 1-877-WTC-GIVE.
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