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Friday, June 1, 2007
WTC MEMORIAL FOUNDATION THANKS CONTRIBUTORS FOR HELPING TO SURPASS $300 MILLION FUNDRAISING MILESTONE
32,762 Contributions from All Fifty States and 23 Foreign Countries
World Trade Center Memorial Foundation Chairman Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg today recognized the many donors who helped the Foundation surpass the $300 million milestone. Over $165 million was raised in approximately six months towards the Foundation's $350 million fundraising campaign.
"Building the World Trade Center Memorial and Museum is an opportunity for people to come together and create a lasting legacy for our country and the world," Foundation Chairman Mayor Bloomberg said. "We have seen tremendous support from people of all ages and all backgrounds, who are doing their part to make this tribute a reality. Every contribution counts whether it comes from schoolchildren raising money from a bake sale or through employee giving programs.
"I want to recognize the extraordinary generosity of our major donors. These individuals, corporations, and foundations have made a remarkable commitment to building this permanent piece of our history. Thanks to their early support, we are well on our way to funding the construction of the Memorial and Museum," Mayor Bloomberg said.
"Like Pearl Harbor, Gettysburg, and Valley Forge, the World Trade Center site marks a special place in our nation's history," Foundation President & CEO Joe Daniels said. "Every day we continue to build momentum for this campaign which will help ensure that the events of September 11th are told to future generations. Thanks to the efforts of Mayor Bloomberg and the dedication of our Board of Directors, the Foundation is raising the money needed to complete the Memorial and Museum."
The Foundation's private fundraising goal of $350 million includes funds to support capital and planning costs, as well as an initial endowment to support operations once the Memorial and Museum open.
The general public has contributed to the Memorial and Museum in a number of ways. Californian Gina Corral contributed over $1,400 by raising funds around her participation in the San Diego Rock & Roll Marathon. The Friedman family, who lost husband and father Andrew Friedman in the attacks, created a Memorial cobblestone fundraising campaign which has raised $10,300 to date. United Water in New Jersey held a fundraiser in their Customer Service Department, matching staff contributions and raising a total of $3,500, while the Toledo Trucking Association contributed $800.
One way for the public to contribute is through the Foundation's cobblestone campaign which invites individuals, friends, families, organizations, and groups to help build the Memorial by donating $500 for a cobblestone that will line the Memorial Plaza. Donors will be mailed a certificate with a number, which will correspond to a cobblestone. The name of each donor will appear on the Foundation's website donor list and eventually will exist in a computer database to be placed permanently at the WTC Memorial site. When the Memorial opens, donors will be able to locate their cobblestone on the Plaza by looking up their name or number in the database. Campaigns created through fundraising pages on the Foundation's website, http://www.buildthememorial.org/, allow individuals and groups to set campaign goals and send emails inviting others to join their effort.
MAJOR DONOR SUPPORT
The $300 million milestone was made possible thanks to the generous support from the following corporations, foundations, and individuals at the major gift level. The list represents donors as of the Foundation's April, 17, 2007 Board meeting and as of this date, agreed to a public acknowledgement of their gift.
$25 Million Level
The Starr Foundation
$15 Million Level
Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg
$10 Million Level
American Express Foundation
American International Group (AIG)
Bank of America
The Bank of New York
The Goldman Sachs Charitable Fund
JPMorgan Chase Foundation
Merrill Lynch & Co. Foundation, Inc.
$5 Million Level
The Carson Family Charitable Trust
Forest City Ratner Companies
Keefe, Bruyette & Woods, Inc.
The Litwin Foundation
The Moinian Group
Ronald O. Perelman
Klara & Larry Silverstein & Family
The Walt Disney Company Foundation
$3 Million Level
Fiona & Stanley Druckenmiller
Sol & Lillian & Joyce & Irving Goldman Families
$2.5 Million Level
ACE INA Foundation
$2 Million Level
Governor Jon S. Corzine
Bernard & Anne Spitzer
Tishman Construction Corporation
Vornado Realty Trust
$1 - $1.9 Million Level
AEA Investors LLC
The Cayre and Chera Families
The Ford Foundation
Franklin Templeton Investments & Fiduciary Trust International
Stanley Shuman, Chairman; Robert Haines, President-The Marc Haas Foundation
William Randolph Hearst Foundation
HSBC North America
Robert Wood Johnson 1962 Charitable Trust
The Thomas S. Johnson Family in memory of Scott M. Johnson
The LeFrak Family
The MLB-MLBPA Disaster Relief Fund & Baseball Tomorrow Fund
Samuel I. Newhouse Foundation, Inc.
The New York Community Trust The Peter G. Peterson Fund
The New York Mets Foundation, Inc.
New York Yankees
Stavros Niarchos Foundation
Ingeborg and Ira Leon Rennert
Edward John and Patricia Rosenwald Foundation
May and Samuel Rudin Family Foundation, Inc.
Triarc Companies, Inc.
The Wachtell, Lipton, Rosen & Katz Foundation
Joan and Sanford I. Weill and the Weill Family Foundation
John C. Whitehead
Cablevision Systems Corp.
Great American Insurance Group and The Carl H. Lindner Family
The Rockefeller Group
W.K. Kellogg Foundation
Alfred P. Sloan Foundation
Carnegie Corporation of New York
Cleary Gottlieb Steen & Hamilton LLP
The Horace W. Goldsmith Foundation
Proskauer Rose LLP
Shea Family, in memory of Joseph P. and Daniel J. Shea
New York Stock Exchange Foundation, Inc.
Lawrence and Susan Daniels
Marsh & McLennan Companies, Inc.
Ropes & Gray LLP
Sons of Italy Foundation / Order Sons of Italy in America
Anne M. Tatlock
Universal Coin & Bullion, Ltd.
Weil, Gotshal & Manges LLP
Paula Grant Berry
eDelta Consulting, Inc.
Rudy and Judith Giuliani
Home & Garden Party, Ltd.
H&R Block, Inc.
Beth & Mark Metzger Foundation, Inc.
New York Building Foundation, Inc.
Honorable George E. Pataki
Port Authority Police Detectives Endowment Association
Port Authority Sergeants Benevolent Association
The Thomas Rogr Family in memory of Jean Rogr
Walk to Raise
Onslow County WSMO Listeners
John Feinblatt, President; Aber D. Unger Foundation, Inc.
Major Donor (undisclosed amount)
Sandler O'Neill & Partners, L.P.
Construction of the Memorial began in March 2006 with preliminary work to cover the original box beam columns that outline the perimeters of the Twin Towers. In August 2006, heavy construction work began to build the footings which will hold up the Memorial, Museum, and Plaza. Work on the footings is expected to be complete in the third quarter of 2007.
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 and Museum 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 26, 1993 and September 11, 2001. The design, "Reflecting Absence," created by Michael Arad and Peter Walker, consists of two pools 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 Museum will communicate key messages that embrace both the specificity and the universal implications of the events of 9/11; document the impact of those events on individual lives as well as on local, national, and international communities, and explore the legacy of 9/11 for a world increasingly defined by global interdependency.
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.